Do you grow anything that you don't like to eat?

I don’t mind the taste of tomatoes too much but for some reason I’ve never really liked them. As I’ve gotten older I’ve noticed that I get some minor skin flushing when I eat tomatoes or tomato sauce, which I think is my body’s way of telling me not to eat them. I have never cared for peppers at all, although I like the spiciness associated with the hot ones. I grow both because everyone else eats them. I don’t eat che fruit but grow the tree anyway because it’s a very pretty and very tough ornamental. I don’t eat guomis very much but I like the plants and others also occasionally eat the fruit.

I am growing older and that leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
I am growing fatter and that weighs heavily on my Mind.
I have been growing a beard for over 30 years, and admit once in a while I chew on my mustache a little but not when anyone’s looking


Not sure if I will like these but I’m planting two Goji berry plants.

I grow Cornelian Cherries even though I think they are foul.
I have eaten them ripe, made jam, even picked them unripe and made olives.
I still grow them for the birds.

I don’t like raw tomatoes, but I absolutely love growing them, and I do love lots of things using them (spaghetti, pizza, lasagna, chili, etc.). So I give away most of the cherry tomatoes, and a selection of the other varieties I grow, and then cook down whatever is left into paste and freeze it. Best tasting tomato paste ever! And I think my dog would be heartbroken if I didn’t grow tomatoes. He loves them! Picks them right off the vine. I think Japanese Black Trifele and Chuck’s Yellow must be his absolute favorites – a couple of years ago he ate every single tomato from both plants. It’s a good thing he’s cute.

I’m also not wild about peppers, but again I love to grow them. I do love the smell, and I’ll freeze or dry small amounts for cooking, but most I give away.

Cliantro – I’m with the people who think it tastes like soap. Yuck! My sister loves it, but she grows her own, so I can just stay away from it now.

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Beets. I love the taste, but wow, do they ever upset my stomach! Including the yellows.

I’ve grown bell peppers and I hate to eat them. They taste bitter, acrid, and have no redeeming qualities. I can tolerate them if they are cooked down in foods but in the raw state or slight cooked I hate them. Nothing destroys a pizza faster than bell peppers. That being said, I like a lot of hot chili peppers like Jalopeno, Serrano, Hatch, etc.

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Calves liver


Squash and most cucurbits (except cukes). I grow them because…that’s what gardeners do, duh, but they need doctoring for me to desguise the taste. I give them away and feel relieved that I don’t have to waste them. This year I am OVER IT. Not doin’ it. Just doin’ Persian cukes for the g-kids and a few cukes for garlic pickles. :blush:

zucchini, other than for chocolate cake I don’t see the charm in them. Sort of like Tofu a filler but not much on their own.


Oops what I grow! Radishes.


I’m with you guys on zucchini and summer squash. They just don’t taste that great and need a lot of doctoring to make them enjoyable. We through them on the grill with some olive oil and salt and pepper and they aren’t too bad. A local restaurant breads them and fries them and they are delicious that way but at that point they are no longer a healthy food. My mom used to take zucchini and make bread from it and you would never know you were eating zucchini. Tasted more like banana bread. I used to work with a guy that would bring these huge zucchinis to work and give them away. It was like a badge of honor to him that they were so big but what he didn’t realize is that the bigger zucchini get the worse they are to eat.


Sautéed onions, salt, pepper, squash and add eggs, very delicious.

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Certainly one important aspect of a recipe is texture, but when you add the flavor of squash along with its texture, you have to add the disguise. Tofu, not so much, LOL. Onions, S&P isn’t enough for me or my kids. Now lots of chocolate will do it and note the recipe calls for 4 1 oz squares of chocolate! I used to make that by their request for their birthday. Now none of us has much of a sweet tooth so I haven’t made it in forever.

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Zucchini Chocolate Cake
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups grated zucchini
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a large bowl Mix butter and sugar till smooth, beat in eggs add vanilla and zucchini. Mix in dry ingredients alternating with milk. Pour into a greased bundt pan and bake at 350 for 1 hour.
There are lots of other recipes that are just as good on the internet.


There is the official -National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbour’s Porch Day- on August 8 th.

Wow, sounds good!

I’ve enjoyed this thread, and I think I waste more time on things I don’t eat -or eat much- than most of you. That is because I not only grow quite a bit that I don’t care for, but I don’t even have family members who I do it for. My list of things I grow but rarely eat and don’t much enjoy are:

  1. Tomatoes- and I grow a lot. I like them on burgers and BLT’s and that’s about it. Never have understood how people can enjoy raw sliced tomatoes (with or without salt)!
  2. Egg Plants - I grow them every single year and haven’t eaten more than 3 in the last 5 years. But they look really neat, blooms are pretty, etc.
    3.) Hot Peppers - Grow them every year, almost never even pick them! Same with wax peppers, banana peppers, and a couple others. But I do grow and eat TONS of bell peppers of every color.
  3. Apples! I know several of you just gasped and decided I must be crazy. I do eat a few apples and use some in deserts, but as unbelievable as it sounds, I’m not much of an apple fan.
  4. Bartlett pears and similar ones - this isn’t as shocking as the apple thing. I enjoy good pears and eat a lot of them. But I have a Bartlett and Moonglow and Kieffer and don’t really care for them. Yet I leave them in place year after year because I just like to grow them. They are very productive and I just like to see them grow.

For some of us the act of growing is a rewarding venture, the eating is a bonus.