Eat your vegetables. Do I sound like your Mom. Personally, I love vegetables.  Probably could eat nothing but vegetables and be a happy camper.  I don’t, but I think I could. I do know that I have tried to have a salad every day since the pandemic began, and we’re only about 6 weeks away from a year.

With that being said, of course some vegetables I like more than others. When I came across Gurney's Seed and Nursery's study about the most loved and hated vegetables in all 50 states, I took a look.

Here goes our love hate relationship with vegetables.

The #1 favorite vegetable across America is potatoes. Number One most hated is mushrooms. We also love Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower and Garlic. And state after state also hates Cauliflower, Celery, Cabbage and Asparagus.  Notice some vegetables are on both Love and Hate lists.

Potatoes on the floor.

Okay lets’ look at Maine. Like the rest of the country our most hated vegetable is Mushrooms. But when it comes to number one on the love list, instead of potatoes our list is topped by Broccoli.

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Happy young woman eating broccoli
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Bet it’s okay to not like a vegetable, especially if you’re filling up on the vegetables you do prefer.

Maybe I’m strange but some vegetables I have a love hate relationship with. I love onions, but only if they’re grilled. A raw onion is a big no thank you to me. Mushrooms are good in my books if they’re fresh.  If they’re canned, I'll pass.

You know what I really hate?  When people insist on calling vegetables, veggies.  Like vegetables is such a tough long word or something. Hate is too strong a word. I dislike that. I’m a lover, not a hater.

When this pandemic is all over with, see you at the salad bar. Or will we have called salad bars a thing of the past that we won't have anymore.

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