Eat Your Greens

Picture of vegetablesMark Twain, the Author of ‘Tom Sawyer’ is quoted as saying, “Cauliflower is nothing, but cabbage with a college education.”

Maybe he meant that cauliflower was cabbage disguised as something of beauty and refinement – or he was calling cabbage just plain dumb? None-the-less, I don’t think either vegetable deserved such an unprovoked attack.

In ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ Roald Dahl writes that the Bucket family were so poor that every day they ate boiled potatoes and cabbage for lunch and cabbage soup for supper. Charlie would only break this tedium with a bar of chocolate on his birthday.

I know the repetitiveness of eating that menu every day would be unbearable, but what’s with this relentless literary slander?

Anyone would get the impression that green vegetables are in some way inferior.

PJ O’Rourke also wrote offensive comments about vegetables in his book ‘The Bachelor Home Companion: A Practical Guide to Keeping House Like a Pig’. He wrote that most vegetables are something God invented to help women take revenge on their children.

He also stated that a fruit is a vegetable with good looks and money.

Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussel sprouts never do. It can’t do much for a Brussel sprout’s self-esteem and confidence.

I’d suggest green vegetables have grounds for a class-action defamation lawsuit.

A recent study has discovered that the reason why so many children don’t like vegetables is genetic. There is a certain gene that causes most kids to be over-sensitive to bitter flavours.

Because my wife and I are both chefs and avid foodies, our children were born with a severe green vegetable eating disability (kind of a genetic mutation).

Unfortunately, if it’s green – they run for the hills screaming blue murder. But, I’m sure many parents can relate to that!

But the truth is that vegetables contain much of the essential nutrition to sustain a healthy lifestyle. And, with a little bit of thought, they can be cooked into a delicious meal. In other words, they will give back 10 times more love to you as the effort you put into them.

In modern society, vegetables are often abused and undervalued; I believe they deserve a lot more respect.

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