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Acquired tastes, definition of

tatamagouche | | May 13, 2008 05:51 PM

I'm working on this blogpost wherein I started to point out that retsina (which I love) is always described as an acquired taste, and then I decided I didn't know how I felt about that term. I mean, one could say *everything* beyond breast milk (& its natural sugars) is an acquired taste. Or one could say that the term is culturally relative: in the US, natto is an acquired taste, but not so much perhaps in Japan.

But are there, objectively speaking, acquired tastes? Are there ingredients/items that, across the globe, require some tastebud training? If you think so, why do you think so?

This thread touches on the matter

but I'm asking less for personal experience than for pseudoscientific opinion, if you know what I mean.

P.S. There's a list here, but I want to hear from higher authorities, ie Chowhounds.

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