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Which are the most "hated" vegetables around the world?

 
 
Reply Mon 11 Sep, 2006 10:58 am
An assignment requires me to find out the most unpopular and disliked vegetables around the world. The only way I think I can get the answer is to site any worldwide surveys and researches. So, I need your help in locating sources where I can find that sort of stuff. Search terms like "most hated vegetables" and "most unpopular" vegetables don't yeild satisfactory results. Yes, I did get a hit that led to some survey but it was US based. Regional figures can help but I want to draw international conclusions. (Yea, and if it is India based, I couldn't ask for more.)

If you can't help with that, well then, just let me know regarding your dislikes. I guess that should be some help too. (Gee, that's why I am posting it over here in the Food and Drinks forum rather than the reference one.

Thank you
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Lord Ellpus
 
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Reply Mon 11 Sep, 2006 11:08 am
One vegetable that is universally detested by anyone under the age of 16 in the UK is........


BRUSSELL SPROUTS!

I hated them until the age of 20, but then gradually came to like them, and now love them to bits.


Hated list (UK)

1. Aforementioned Brussells.
2. Cabbage.
3. Swede (turnip)
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spidergal
 
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Reply Mon 11 Sep, 2006 11:11 am
That is fine, Lord, but how do I verify the accuracy of the list that you have given. Any links?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 11 Sep, 2006 11:12 am
I can't answer your poll because my palate isn't naughty, at least not very naughty, regarding vegetables.

I disliked some vegetables when I was a child, but now I know that was because of how they were cooked.

I'm no help on how to research any kind of valid answer, and suspect there isn't one. It amuses me, though, to conjecture that since people tend to dislike that which they are not used to, that one could make guesses based on geography and cultural differences.
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blacksmithn
 
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Reply Mon 11 Sep, 2006 11:26 am
I have to concur that Brussel sprouts are just plain nasty, quite surpassing even the loathsome cauliflower in vileness quotient.

Artichokes, on the other hand, are a tasty delight, perfect for any occasion. Except maybe breakfast.
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Lord Ellpus
 
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Reply Mon 11 Sep, 2006 11:28 am
spidergal wrote:
That is fine, Lord, but how do I verify the accuracy of the list that you have given. Any links?


Here's a few, Spidey

(second cartoon down)
http://www.cartoonstock.com/directory/s/sprouts.asp


http://jokes.boo.co.nz/webapps/site/4092/4839/info/info-page.html?info_id=4890

(third one down.....although they cite tomatoes at no.3)
http://www.haliborange.com/survey1.htm

http://www.asquithcourt.com/annabel/survey.asp
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Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Mon 11 Sep, 2006 11:30 am
lima beans... God they are ****
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Mon 11 Sep, 2006 12:46 pm
Dandelion greens....
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Mon 11 Sep, 2006 12:49 pm
They're all good deep fried.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Mon 11 Sep, 2006 03:34 pm
Every nation under the sun hates BRUSSEL SPROUTS!

I like lima beans, but don't like Okra and green peppers (they're bitter)
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Mon 11 Sep, 2006 03:51 pm
CalamityJane wrote:
I like lima beans, but don't like Okra and green peppers (they're bitter)

Foolish European! I sentence you to gumbo!
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Mon 11 Sep, 2006 04:05 pm
All vegetables in the cabbage family are high in sulfur, a flavor most kids taste more intensely than adults do.
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JPB
 
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Reply Mon 11 Sep, 2006 06:59 pm
brussel sprouts
okra
lima beans
parsnips



The worst, by far, are parsnips!
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Swimpy
 
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Reply Mon 11 Sep, 2006 07:13 pm
I agree with your list except for parsnips, JB. They are delicious. Try them roasted. Very sweet.
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hamburger
 
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Reply Mon 11 Sep, 2006 07:14 pm
please , please : brussel sprouts are one of my favourites !
i think mrs h knows the secret for removing excessive 'cabbage' taste : she parboiles them quickly in saltwater , pours off the liqid , adds fresh water , again boils them quickly ... adds PLENTY of "sweet" butter !

one of the few vegs i won't eat : TURNIPS !!! (no amount of butter will make them palatable).
hbg
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Chai
 
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Reply Mon 11 Sep, 2006 07:20 pm
Is ginger considered a vegetable?

A little of that goes a loooooooong way with me.

The first time I ate sushi, I thought the ginger slices were marinated carrots and popped one in my mouth and started chewing.

Shocked Mad Mad Evil or Very Mad
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JPB
 
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Reply Mon 11 Sep, 2006 07:21 pm
I had swiss chard with turnips tonight for dinner, hgb. YUM!
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spidergal
 
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Reply Mon 11 Sep, 2006 09:54 pm
I hate guards.But, I know its good and I sorta want to incorporate it into my diet. Someone just told me that if I tried over and over again to eat guard for some time I would begin to like it (or atleast dislike it less).

Eeek!

The very thought of gulping it down over and over again.........MAKES ME SCREAM. Mad
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 11 Sep, 2006 09:56 pm
What's a guard? Are you talking about gourds? (I could look it up and will tomorrow if you don't get to reply by then.)
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 11 Sep, 2006 09:59 pm
On parsnips and turnips, I hated them hated them hated them as a child.
I've only had them once since and they were just fine, delicious even.
How'd you cook those turnips, JPB? My theory being, at least in part, that it's all in the cooking technique.

Brussell sprouts, for example, were part of the dinner from hell from my mother. I use them myself, raw, thin sliced, in salads when they're in season.
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