I so hear that about picky. Yours is, what, 5, PNWmama? Don't worry about it, really, nor you, karen-- mine's 10 and he used to be the exact.same.way. Start now with things like...one of the things I did early on was introduce the Ugly Food Principle. Our church had done this really neat thing in PreK with an ugly wrapped package compared to a pretty one wrapped with a sparkly bow. The ugly one had the cool contents, and the pretty one contained nothing. The lesson was about people, how you never know what's "inside", but I took it further, with food. I told ds, you know how sometimes a food is really gross looking but it tastes incredible? Like a smashed piece of cake, for instance. Or you can have something really pretty and it tastes like cardboard. That's how I got him to start trying things. Also the idea that "What if I don't like it?"-- I said, one time, "What if you DO??" and he really took that to heart. He realized he could be missing out on a whole host of liking things, not to mention, you only have the Yuck Factor once-- if he didn't like it, he never has to have it again, and it was only yucky for one second. That's not so bad.
PNW-- he will. He will eat vegetables for themselves. Have patience Give him lots of the ones he does like, and maybe ONE bite of something new each week. Introduce the Ugly Food Principle and the One Second Yuck Factor
Have you tried frozen veggies? Right from the container? He's a little old, maybe, but mine at 2yo or so used to LOVE them, though it made me want to hurl.
Hmm, I'm wondering if you could take the Ugly Food Principle a step further and talk about how some foods that are pretty (cake, sweets, etc) are nutritionally empty, while some foods that we don't like so much (greens, etc) are full of good stuff.