NCBI ROFL: Taste preference for brussels sprouts: an informal look.

By ncbi rofl | November 29, 2011 7:47 pm

It’s Trinkaus week on NCBI ROFL! All this week, we’ll be featuring articles by John Trinkaus, whose work gives us “an informal look” at many aspects of everyday life. Enjoy!

Taste preference for brussels sprouts: an informal look.

“An inquiry of the taste preference of 442 business students for brussels sprouts showed about a 50% dislike of the vegetable, 40% indifference, and a 10% like. Some implications of the findings are suggested.”

Bonus table from the text:

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  • Anonymous

    I suspect most people who dislike B.Sprouts have never had them prepared nicely- and probably only had the frozen kind reheated- which is like comparing freshly picked peas to the canned monstrosities.

    How can anyone dislike something so yummy as a fresh brussel sprouts cooked with a little bit of bacon but not too long. 

    Don’t diss the sprout!

    • Edward J Willey III

       To some of us, these really do have a bitter flavour that is not enjoyable. We all have varying levels of tasting ability. I suspect that most people who like or don’t mind them just don’t taste the amount of bitterness. Even drowned in bacon, all I can taste is a bitter slightly sulfurous note.  :)


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