I really, really hate tomatoes. “Why?” everyone asks me. It’s strange. They can’t seem to fathom why I hate tomatoes. Something in the taste triggers a gag reflex and a desire to throw up.
I found this blog post that goes into the subject in depth. It appears it may be genetic. Some people are extremely sensitive to a chemical in tomatoes that goes away when they’re cooked. However, it’s not that simple. Not only do I hate raw tomatoes, but I can’t stand cooked tomatoes, either. Anything that has a purely tomato flavour is instantly disgusting to me. I find it hard not to gag. This includes tomato soup, tomato juice, meat sauce on pasta, pizza sauce, and any kind of diced, stewed, chopped, boiled, whatever tomato.
But I like Ketchup. And I like barbecue sauce. And HP Sauce. And A1 Sauce. But that’s it. I can tolerate beef stew with some tomato paste, but that’s because the flavour doesn’t stand out. Baked beans are okay, too, although they contain tomato paste.
I know I’m not unusual. This is actually quite common. There are other foods that are extremely polarised, such as cilantro, green peppers, and the infamous Marmite.
Any other tomato haters out there?