Living with teenagers, it is interesting to observe some of their quirky ways.
For example, the house can be filled (ok my idea of “filled” may be less than yours) with ingredients to make dishes and meals. But if there is no food item in a tin can which can be opened into a bowl and microwaved, then there is “no food in the house.” I could feed us for a week with the flour and baking powder and celery and carrots and frozen chicken and canned tomato sauce…..but they, I fear, would starve.
Something similar happens with fruit in a bowl. If there is a bowl of unpeeled oranges, even sitting on the counter, it will go uneaten. A package of unwashed grapes in the fridge, the same. A pineapple is invisible on the dining room table while it sits uncut in a bowl. BUT- if I peel, wash, cut the fruit and put it in a serving container-it will disappear faster than I-pads on Black Friday.
It is as if some part of their brain that is still wiring itself is immature in the recognition of food area. You would think that nature would have wired this part first.