Study reveals why you don't appreciate the taste of olives until you're 25
This is the stuff of children’s nightmares: that piping hot margherita pizza arrives but, wait a second, they’ve showered it with those pesky olives. Dinner ruined.
The bad news is that those fussy little eaters might not succumb to the powers of the olive until their 20s because as it turns out, there is a gastronomic watershed.
A new survey has revealed that the average person doesn’t appreciate stronger and more complex flavours such as blue cheese and anchovies until they are, on average, 22.
Scientists have previously theorised that our changing tastes are due to the number of taste buds in our mouths declining with age (by the time we become adults, only a third of these taste buds remain, apparently), which might explain these results.
These are the foods you are unlikely to enjoy until you hit your late teens and twenties:
The young ones
You’ll get a taste for: garlic and gherkins
Times are a changin'
You’ll get a taste for: curry, kidney beans and mackerel
Coming of age
You’ll get a taste for: spinach, peppers, aubergine, horseradish sauce, mussels and parmesan
You’ll get a taste for: blue cheese and anchovies
Eat your greens
You’ll get a taste for: avocado and asparagus
You’ll get a taste for: chilli sauce, oysters and brie
You’ll get a taste for: olives
You’ll get a taste for: goats' cheese