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Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Wed, 13th May '09 4:32 PM


I used to eat my mothers hyacinth flowers. They taste just like they smell! I loved springtime as a

Salzypat  (Level: 156.6 - Posts: 5316)
Wed, 13th May '09 5:16 PM

when my mother cleaned chickens, she always boiled the chicken feet for me. Really grossed my dad out!

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Wed, 13th May '09 5:18 PM

Slugs, coz snails were too crunchy.

Hey, I WAS very little at the time.


Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Wed, 13th May '09 5:40 PM

Snails are crunchy? ewwwwww!

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Wed, 13th May '09 5:42 PM

The shells....DUH! slugs taste like chicken?

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Wed, 13th May '09 5:47 PM

For some reason, it became cool in grammar school to eat dog biscuits. Another popular treat was a slice of white bread rolled tightly into a hard little ball, which was tossed into your mouth for one big bland bite. We could hardy wait for the honeysuckle to bloom each year, so that we could suck the nectar out. A perennial fave was white bread and mayonnaise sandwiches. Come to think of it, besides buttermilk biscuits, we didn't really know that any other kind of bread existed other than white bread.

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Wed, 13th May '09 5:48 PM

I take that back! We also had cornbread with gobs of butter.

Lodi  (Level: 98.8 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 13th May '09 7:42 PM

As I kid I used to buy these wax stick things with liquid inside. I think you were supposed to bite the top of the wax off and then suck the liquid out. I did that, but then I used to chew the wax like gum. I also chewed silly putty like gum. It tasted nasty though.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Wed, 13th May '09 8:19 PM

I still do that with my bread! lol! and I used to chew the wax too, after drinking the nectar inside.

Lodi  (Level: 98.8 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 13th May '09 9:30 PM

What were those wax things called anyway?

Lucimoore  (Level: 183.6 - Posts: 1684)
Wed, 13th May '09 10:47 PM


Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 13th May '09 11:27 PM

I grew up in catholic school. we used to flatten the white bread out, shape it like a wafer and give each other communion. The real thing used to stick to the roof of my mouth. We were forbidden to touch "body of christ" with our fingers, so just had to work it out with your tongue. Might have cheated once or twice, but don't remember confessing it.

Lodi  (Level: 98.8 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 13th May '09 11:58 PM

The Nik-L-Nips were little bottles. These were just wax tubes. I looked them up and it said wax pipes or wax sticks. And then it said that after you drank the syrup, you chew the wax so I guess I wasn't such a freak after all. Except for the silly putty.

Carreau  (Level: 237.2 - Posts: 140)
Thu, 14th May '09 12:02 AM

My father was French-Canadian and used to bring home a type of purplish seaweed called dulse, which was known in some circles as something of a delicacy. Personally, I thought it was weird. I had totally forgotten about it until many years later, visiting the town of Ballycastle in Northern Ireland, which, as I learned, calls itself the dulse capital of the world.

Lucimoore  (Level: 183.6 - Posts: 1684)
Thu, 14th May '09 12:03 AM

I never got the tubes or sticks and usually bought the knockoffs of the bottles. The real thing was way expensive. I did however love the red lips and teeth for Halloween. I always bit the part you were supposed to hold with your teeth way too hard probably just so I could start chewing them. Man did my jaws ache before I spit the stuff out. Just had to get all the taste out.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 14th May '09 12:04 AM

I loved those damned things, the wax and the juice. Never ate silly putty. Did love the smell of those pink erasers and xerox copies.

Lucimoore  (Level: 183.6 - Posts: 1684)
Thu, 14th May '09 12:11 AM

I also loved the nectar in honeysuckle blossoms and still show my grandchildren how to pull them off the vine so the green part stays put. When we were kids we would climb the hackberry trees when the berries turned red and gather them in a cup to carry down and eat. I ate more while I was in the tree than I gathered in my cup.

Lodi  (Level: 98.8 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 14th May '09 12:18 AM

I used to sit on the roof of one of our barns and eat from the cherry tree. I was always too lazy to spit out the seeds so I just swallowed them.

Oh yeah, I still do that.

Mplaw51  (Level: 179.8 - Posts: 1582)
Thu, 14th May '09 12:34 AM

I forgot all about honeysuckle! What a good memory you've raised, there was acres of woods behind my house with a wild blackberry and strawberry patch. There were apple trees there also. It had been part of some homestead at one time. We built forts and ate fruit when it got ripe. Happy times... thanks for dislodging that one from the memory banks!

Madmario  (Level: 27.3 - Posts: 33)
Thu, 14th May '09 2:22 AM

My sister used to eat cat biscuits. But ONLY the chicken flavoured ones.

Aristotle  (Level: 72.7 - Posts: 191)
Thu, 14th May '09 6:10 AM

Dog biscuits, sugar sandwiches, Weetabix with butter on them (yum!).

Jeannette  (Level: 111.1 - Posts: 1736)
Thu, 14th May '09 8:47 AM

real butter lol some of my grandkids do it now ,the flowers of nettles and clover tasted lovely and coal tar used to chew it like gum just the corners of it,liquorice ciggerette papers

Aristotle  (Level: 72.7 - Posts: 191)
Thu, 14th May '09 8:53 AM

Oh yeah, and I used to lick fruit-scented felt-tip pens. They smelled better than they tasted. Probably explains why I'm like I am today...

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Thu, 14th May '09 9:21 AM

When I was young, some old man in the neighborhood used to give me pickled pigs feet. I ate 'em up! The thought of them now makes me ill. God, the things we eat as kids.

Lodi  (Level: 98.8 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 14th May '09 9:33 AM

Its a great thread. Thanks for starting it.

I remember my mother used to always have a big frothy glass of buttermilk with pepper on top and I always thought it looked so good, like a milkshake and every few months, I would ask for a sip. She always agreed and then she would laugh as she watched me make the "holy crap that's nasty" face.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Thu, 14th May '09 9:39 AM


Papajensai  (Level: 193.5 - Posts: 1025)
Thu, 14th May '09 9:59 AM

I've been told that when I was very small, I rummaged around in my grandmother's purse and found a delicious bar of chocolate! I ate the whole thing. Of course, it was her laxative, and the parents had quite a time with me for a day or two.

Alvandy  (Level: 229.7 - Posts: 7573)
Thu, 14th May '09 10:10 AM

One time- a pregnant peppermint pattie mama with multiple baby patties attached.

Hey ,sorry folks, but I used to buy a bag of seconds at the plant every week.
I'm glad they put wrappers on them now.

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Thu, 14th May '09 10:23 AM

OK, it wasn't all that strange, but it was to me at the time:

I was about 7 years old and had never seen yellow beans. They were served at my grandmother's house and I refused to touch them. I was forced to sit at the table until I tasted one. I was there for at least an hour after everyone else had left. I finally tasted one, and much to my chagrin, really liked it!

I also remember sitting up in a neighbor's cherry three eating the cherries, and pulling rhubarb stalks and eating them (after rinsing off the dirt with the garden hose)! That makes my mouth pucker just thinking about it!

My brothers and I tasted some dog treats that looked like chocolate but they were disgusting and we spit them out.

One morning for breakfast we made ourselves plates of powdered sugar with koolaid drizzled on top (where WAS our mother?).

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Thu, 14th May '09 10:33 AM

Kids experience the world through their mouths

I OD'd on a bottle of baby aspirin when I was about 3 years old. To this day I cannot stand the smell of them. Seems the babysitter wasn't doing a very good job of watching us. I had to have my stomach pumped, I still remember that.

Lucimoore  (Level: 183.6 - Posts: 1684)
Thu, 14th May '09 12:21 PM

My dad always crumbled cornbread into a glass of buttermilk and even added chopped onion on ocassion. My husband also eats the cornbread and buttermilk mix. I think its disgusting. However, that said, I do love pickled pigs feet or better yet battered and fried. I think my biggest dissapointment as a child was the taste of vanilla extract. I can't tell you how many times I just had to taste it again because it smelled so so heavenly. YUK!

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Thu, 14th May '09 12:29 PM

German Potato Salad..... GROSS!!!!!

M48ortal  (Level: 251.6 - Posts: 3742)
Thu, 14th May '09 1:23 PM

The white kindergarten paste. It smelled better than it tasted. Sour clover - little bitty clover-shaped plants that would pucker your lips, but keep you regular.

We used to call the mayonnaise/white bread sandwiches "jam sandwiches," because we'd coat two pieces of bread and jam 'em together. If we only used one piece of bread it was a "fold-over."

When I was pre-school, my aunt, who was a couple of years older, made mud pies and invited me and some other cousins to her tea-party. One of my cousins sampled the pies, but I passed, since I had seen her gathering her ingredients from the chicken lot. As far as "strangest thing you ate as a child," I'd say he wins.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Thu, 14th May '09 1:26 PM

Oh, yea. That's pretty nasty.
You must have died laughing when he turned green...LOL

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Thu, 14th May '09 1:51 PM

Rubber band(s).
Coffee grounds.
Pretty much anything my mother would 'create' in her 'kitchen' was disgustable. (I learned to cook when very young. I'd wait until she'd left the room, throw her 'food' out and make something halfway edible for myself and younger brother. Even now I can't bear for her to cook. Luckily, she feels the same way. )

In any case, I'm Scottish. Practically nothing I ate as a kid would even be classed as foodstuffs outside the country.

M48ortal  (Level: 251.6 - Posts: 3742)
Thu, 14th May '09 3:50 PM

Having eaten haggis, I can agree with that.

In all truth, is haggis really eaten by the Scots, or is it a national practical joke the Scots play on tourists?

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Thu, 14th May '09 4:02 PM

They really eat that stuff!

Lodi  (Level: 98.8 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 14th May '09 4:31 PM

I've had haggis several times. (husband is Scottish royalty, you know)

Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Thu, 14th May '09 4:47 PM

What is haggis?

I can't think of anything strange that I've ever eaten.

Lodi  (Level: 98.8 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 14th May '09 5:54 PM

From wiki:

Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish.

There are many recipes, most of which have in common the following ingredients: sheep's 'pluck' (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally boiled in the animal's stomach for approximately three hours.

Haggis somewhat resembles stuffed intestines (pig intestines otherwise known as chitterlings or the kokoretsi of traditional Balkan cuisine), sausages and savoury puddings of which it is among the largest types. As the 2001 English edition of the Larousse Gastronomique puts it, "Although its description is not immediately appealing, haggis has an excellent nutty texture and delicious savoury flavour."[1]

Most modern commercial haggis is prepared in a casing rather than an actual stomach. There are also meat-free recipes for vegetarians including vegans.

Haggis is traditionally served with "neeps and tatties" (Scots: swede, yellow turnip or rutabaga and potatoes, boiled and mashed separately) and a "dram" (i.e. a glass of Scotch whisky), especially as the main course of a Burns supper. However it is also often eaten with other accompaniments, or served with a Whisky-based sauce.

Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Thu, 14th May '09 7:11 PM

I don't know how strange it is since you can buy them on the grocery store shelves, but my father used to *love* sardines and crackers. He handed down the love of these little fishes to all of his kids.

My mother *hates* sardines. So, whenever Pop would get inspired and bring home a stack of sardine cans, Mom would banish all six of us all the back porch. We're all adults now and we still get banished to the back porch to eat sardines.

I'm getting all teary eyed with nostalgia now ...

Lodi  (Level: 98.8 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 14th May '09 7:51 PM


Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Thu, 14th May '09 11:26 PM

Of course I went through that phase as a very very young child where I ate dirt. I used to scoop it into acorn caps and pretend it was a faery ice cream cone. There is actually a scientific explanation for this. As many young children are very picky eaters, their diets lack many of the nutrients and minerals that they need. The human body naturally craves what it is lacking, and since dirt is full of minerals, many young children eat it.

I also enjoyed munching on honeysuckle and clover in the spring and summer.

As for bizarre actual foods? When I was in kindergarten, my mom used to fry up liver and bacon for an after school snack and I loved it. Don't know how I'd feel about it now, although I do love chicken livers.

We also used to forage in the forrest for fiddlehead fern. As I recall, it tasted a bit like asparagus.

I also used to slice very thin slices of cheddar cheese, spread them with peanut butter and fold them in half to make a sandwich of sorts. This was actually pretty yummy.

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