June 7, 2023 · 8:50 am
If so, it may be because of your genes according to an article on SBS.com. Certain genes determine whether you can detect a bitter chemical (called PTC) in broccoli and other brassicas such as cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.
“On average, about 70% of us can taste something bitter in broccoli or PTC, but those with two copies of the bitter sensitivity gene are closer to 20%, and they tend to hate it.”
US President George HW Bush said in March 1990, “I don’t like broccoli. And I didn’t like it since I was a kid and my mom made me eat it. And I am the President of the United States and I will never eat broccoli again!” He banned it on Air Force One.
Most of us at Parker Compound love broccoli. My wife usually sautés it in olive oil and season it with garlic, other herbs and salt.
Steve Parker, M.D