It’s not often as adults that we try a new food, maybe a new flavour, a new combination of flavours, but rarely a whole new food. But recently I was sent some custard apples to try (they were sent to me for free to sample so this is a sponsored post, but I wasn’t paid to review them, and as always, the opinions contained herein are my own). As adults we don’t really put much thought into how to try a new food – custard apples were the first new food I’ve had in a long time! And it got me thinking, what are our rituals around trying new foods? And how can we use them when trying new foods with kids?
I’m going to be honest here, when the custard apples arrived, I was daunted. They look so foreign! And as someone who grew up in a very plain food household, I was unnerved. Which I guess is how kids feel when they are faced with a new food. So my first step? Research!
What do kids do? Well, they ask us the questions: What does it taste like? Is it sweet or sour? Is it hard or soft? Or in the case of custard apples: does it really taste like custard? Does it taste like apples? So, I tried them first, so I could answer the questions. And surprisingly, they don’t taste like apples, or custard, they are just amazingly sweet, almost like a very ripe mango in texture and a little fiddly due to the seeds.
I felt like a kid again, trying a new food and I remembered what it was like to taste something, trusting the adults that are feeding it to you. The kids tried it. Miss 5 loved it. Master 3 licked his fingers after touching it and ran.
I’ve made a big decision, we are going to try new foods as often as we can, whether they are singular ingredients, like in the case of the custard apples or new flavour combinations. I’m so excited about this that I’m already thinking about our next one!
If you haven’t tried custard apples, they have a short season, so get in now and try a new food with your kids!
Here’s a quick handy list of how to try a new food with kids:
- let them touch, smell, look and lick!
- let them have a tiny piece/ big piece whatever size piece they are willing to try
- talk about the taste, texture and similar tastes and textures that they know
- talk about why we try new things and how it can turn it well, or not so well!
- don’t stress if they don’t love it, instead congratulate for trying.