I had some blueberries leftover after the latest Crazy Cooking Challenge and couldn't think what I wanted to do with them. I didn't have the patience to make more muffins, nor did I want to boil them, as I did for baby food puree, to use in my son's cereal.
So I washed a couple and tossed them on his tray with his lunch one day. He tried one and made a face and that was that.
The next day I stirred a few into his oatmeal, thinking that it was the berry skin that bothered him, and if I could mask that, he might just take it. No dice.
However, each time I scooped up a spoonful of oatmeal with a blueberry, he'd reach out and try to take the berry off the spoon. Finally I relented, letting him pluck the fruit out of the spoon. I plopped it into his mouth and made a face at the texture. Then he started to chew. And then he made the same face I made the first (and last) time I was dared to eat a lemon slice!
A-ha! It made sense!
When the berry burst in my son's mouth, he didn't like the instant tang or the juicy berry explosion!
So I took each blueberry between my thumb and forefinger and gave them a squeeze!
And not only did that make it easier for my son to pick up, but he gobbled those berries up!