For years I thought asparagus was God's personal torture device for me.
Like many children, I was very texture-oriented. I hated anything mushy, which is a big problem in a southern working-class house because beans and rice is a staple dish, since it's a cheap form of protein and carbs when you can't afford a lot of meat. I hated the way beans popped/squished apart when I bit them. I always imagined that's what it would feel like to bite into a cockroach, and I would spend ten minutes picking all the beans out of my bowl of chili, or at breakfast picking the raisins out of the Raisin Bran.
Now I love beans and lentils and all legumes. I think Spinach is one of the best and most versatile foods ever - it goes in sandwiches, omelettes, salads, couscous, sometimes even in protein shakes/smoothies for that "mean green" flavor, or you can just eat a handful of leaves as a tasty snack.
But I still prefer not to eat raisins, and I definitely still
think cantalope smells (and tastes) like mildewed socks.