I can't believe I used to hate bitter melon. The bitterness is actually so natural now, I can't have enough of it. Funny how my son loves it, although it's not his "favoritest" food, he doesn't show repulsion (like I did) at all. Kids nowadays are so picky, I'm glad mine is not!
Of course, having the stuffed bitter melon arranged like a pyramid helps too. But since his food intakes are 90% homecooked, he had no choice but to eat what I make. After awhile, it's his choice to eat homecooked food. He'd picked bitter melon over chicken fingers from nearby fastfood chain anytime.
Not saying that I've never cheated once in awhile when life is too hectic. I opened one too many packages of storebought sausages, but to my defense, I chopped them up and stir fried it with green beans and carrots. And it only happened during my 2nd pregnancy...
So I guess the kid being a picky eater or not, it's all up to the parents. Some kids are just hardheaded like mine (so whatever I say, more likely it'll be his decision). But because I've been feeding him homecooked food ever since he was old enough to eat solid food, that's the food he's familiar with. And I don't give him the chance to be picky. Either eat, or you'll starve (harsh, but trust me, most kids can't go foodless for more than 1/2 day). That way, he'll learn to appreciate food too. Perhaps this doesn't work with all kids, but it works with mine.
PS: What's the opposite of picky eater? I don't know what it's called.