Are all kids picky-eaters? Maybe so, and maybe not. When I was growing up there were a few things I would not eat. The interesting thing is that it wasn't because I didn't like the taste, I just didn't want to try certain foods. Tomatoes were one of those foods. Yep, ripe juicy tomatoes.
It might have been the texture, or maybe it was a lack of crunch (I can't really recall). So, whenever we went out to eat as a family I remember a few phrases that I would always state: 1) "Two tacos with no tomatoes" or "A hamburger with no tomatoes". If I didn't state that in advance, I would always end up removing them or picking them off.
I actually did take it one step further. Not only did I not want to eat tomatoes, I told people that I was allergic to them. I don't think I was ever questioned on what exactly would happen if I ate them, but I stuck to it. Of course I would gladly eat ketchup, pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce, salsa and many other tomato-based foods. Maybe it was the cooking heat that removed my allergy.
As a teenager, perhaps I wised up, and stopped saying I was allergic to them. Now I simply stated that I didn't like them. Was it really based on not liking the taste? Nope, I still really never ate them nor had a bad experience while eating them, I just didn't eat them because of avoiding them when I was younger.
Prior to becoming a adult, I started to open up my pallet and stopped excluding them when eating tacos. Impressive bravery (I know). I didn't suddenly feel like I had been missing out for years, but I did start to appreciate tomatoes more.
Now, I'm not hesitant to order a hamburger with tomatoes, a BLT, or other foods that have them as common toppings. However, when I was given these homegrown tomatoes, my first instinct was to photograph them (rather than eat them). That certainly would not be the case if someone gave me a bacon cheeseburger.