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There is a Disturbance in the Taste

If you have made this face you probably met a bad nut.

Ever get a bitter-metallic aftertaste when eating pine nuts and it just won’t go away? Like there is a lingering problem or a disturbance in the force if you will? Well, I haven’t so this ends this post . . . just kidding. Anyway, NPR has an article about “Pine Mouth.”  

What is “Pine Mouth”? It definitely is not a Syfy B-movie (not yet). Well, some people experience a nasty aftertaste from eating pine nuts that will not go away for a while. It ruins the taste of everything after it because it is so potent. The cause? No one is really quite sure, unlike the cilantro problem, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of experiences. The FDA documented only 53 complaints last year and because there is no accompanying illness only marks this problem as “taste disturbance.”

The two possible theories (which they people aren’t even sure about) is the preparer leaves the pine nuts out too long. Pine nut oil can go rancid quite fast. The second theory is Chinese imports. Researchers in Switzerland did an analysis of imported pine nuts and discovered two inedible species in the supply chain.

So ever eat bad pine nuts? Ever eat anything bad that ruined your afternoon/week/month? Share it with us. Also check out some other people’s experiences with nuts gone bad! Here and there is even a Facebook group you can join.

Why do you Hate certain foods?

Recently, the New York Times tried to get to the bottom of why some people hate cilantro and others love it. Basically, for people who hate cilantro it evokes tastes of soap and lotion (because chemically they have similar molecules). It has to do with a part of the brain that uses taste and smell for survival purposes.

National Public Radio also had a similar study posted in this article a few years back.

There is even a blog dedicated to cilantro haters. At I Hate Cilantro, bloggers that love food, they must deal with their animosity toward cilantro.

So what food do you hate? Clearly, our mascot doesn’t hate anything as he gorges himself on rose leaves, but what about you? Why do you hate a certain food? Does it taste like soap to you?