Okay, so my little stinker is much smarter than I give him credit. I went with all of your advice and decided to give him banana this morning to see what he would do with it. Well.....everything he ever picks up usually goes straight to his mouth....EVERYTHING! Not the banana!!!! He just held it in his hands, squished it, threw pieces of it on the floor, smeared it on his tray, etc....he knew exactly what I wanted him to do and did not do it. He stared at me the whole time he was doing it as if he was saying "I know you want me to taste this mommy, but I am NOT going to". I had to laugh. Let's just say he definitely "experienced" the banana, but not in his mouth. I guess that is all part of it!
We will keep it up and hopefully he will decide to taste it