Comparative taste tests provide an engaging, multi-sensory opportunity to encourage young people to try new fruits and vegetables. By asking for students’ opinions, we demonstrate interest in and respect for their preferences. Students, in return, will often become less reluctant to try something new when given the opportunity to weigh in with an opinion. Some schools conduct voting booths at Health Fairs, with each visitor voting for their favorite variety of winter squash, for example. Other schools use students’ responses to comparative taste tests to determine school lunch menu items. Whatever the scale or purpose of your taste test, this is a tried-and-true method for inspiring curiosity and courage to try new things.
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