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I wonder if there is a Chinese word or phrase equivalent to "difficult to eat" or "hard to eat".

For example, someone said that pomegranates and artichokes are among the 19 most hard-to-eat foods.

I thought it would be "难吃" or "不方便吃", but the former literally means "taste bad" and the latter means "it's not the right time to eat".

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I know a long answer: 吃起来不方便. For example, 石榴吃起来不方便。

Is that the best/only expression?

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  • How about 難以食用 / 難以進食?
    – L Parker
    May 22 at 14:56
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    Perhaps, 吃起来费劲 or 吃着费劲.
    – dan
    May 23 at 8:28
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You could try: 吃起来很麻烦

I can't agree with the list of hard to eat foods!

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无从下口 is a possible idiom in some contexts.

eg. 老虎吃田螺,无从下口

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难以食用 also implies the object cannot be eaten or it is almost impossible to eat it (e.g. 难以抵挡 = cannot withstand; 难以置信 = unbelievable)

无从下口 also refers to 'can't interject opinion'

I suggest 食用不便 (inconvenient to eat) or 吃来麻烦 (trouble to eat)

For example, crustaceans with hard shells, fish with fine bones are inconvenient to eat, but not impossible

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Yes for example 不好吃 味道一般 These two words are not offensive

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    The question is not asking for less offensive expressions.
    – L Parker
    May 23 at 0:05
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    I think your answer means "not tasty", not "difficult to eat".
    – T-Pioneer
    May 23 at 3:27

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