June 05, 2010

on olives and parenting

as a child i was always amazed by mother's love for olives, which she would eat seemingly all the time, and particularly as an afternoon snack and after dinner with tea.

now, a couple of decades later, it seems that i too have come under the spell of this flavor profile. today, i alternated between small and spicy arbequina, giant and buttery cerignola, and briny picholine olives (asher seems to like them too).

evidence for heritability and biologic basis of taste ability is strong and widespread, but it's nice to realize that the food choices made by parents can have just as long-lasting effects.

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