Tastes change as people go through their lives. This is a truism my parents always said when kids argued about which foods were yucky. When I was a young kid, I thought grapefruit was hideously bitter. When I was a little older, I discovered that fresh grapefruit at breakfast, with espresso on the side, was the most wonderfully aromatic sensous treat that could be imagined. The bitterness just added a little extra oomph to the flavor.
Bananas are interesting in this regard. I’d always liked them as a kid. When I was in college I remember a conversation where a guy said he’d always enoyed bananas as a kid because it was just like eating candy. Everyone present agreed with this.
Then when I was about 25 when working as a cook I was sent by my boss to a macrobiotic cooking class. Macrobiotic people allow only a narrow range of specific foods (mostly Japanese foods) as good for you and the rest are supposed to be bad for you. I don’t believe many of their claims, but it did affect me and for years I avoided bananas. They repulsed me.
Then a few years ago, raising my own kids and buying bananas for them, I realized that I loved the fruit as much as I ever did. Now when I play the expansion pack of Civilization III and I see bonus map squares with “Tropical fruit” (meaning extra food on that square), it’s a picture of bananas and I can never play that game without craving bananas.
I had another friend in college who discovered that bananas fried in butter with honey poured over them are “the sweetest thing you ever tasted!” I still make this recipe, and I add a pinch of cardamom. Yum yum.