You’ll Be Surprised by MN’s Most-Loved and Most-Hated Vegetables
When it comes to vegetables, we're a finicky bunch here in Minnesota, at least according to this new survey of our favorite and least favorite veggies.
If one of your resolutions for 2021 was to eat better-- like mine is pretty much every year-- then you're probably trying to incorporate more vegetables into your diet. But, there are some definite strong opinions out there when it comes to which veggies we like or don't like.
For instance, when I was a kid, I really didn't like peas. At all! I don't mind them much now, but another veggie I didn't like then-- and still don't-- would be beets. I just don't have a fondness for them. Now, on the other hand, I really do like the 'ol favorites, like corn, carrots and broccoli. I really don't even mind spinach these days, either.
Those are just my tastes, mind you. Overall, though, I have to disagree with what this new survey says are Minnesota's Most-Loved and Most-Hated Vegetables. The crew over at Gurney's Seed and Nursery Company surveyed just under 5,000 of our fellow citizens across all 50 states and came up with the vegetables we, as a state, really like-- and those we just can't stand.
First, the positive: According to their survey, Minnesota's Most-Loved vegetable is... the potato. Wait, what? Is a potato even considered a vegetable? (According to DIY Network, it is: 'Since it is grown as a vegetable crop, taxed as a vegetable crop, and cooked and eaten like other vegetables, the potato tuber is a vegetable. Nutritionally, horticulturally, and legally,' they noted.) It's also the favorite vegetable in 23 other states and is easily the Most-Loved Vegetable in the country.
When it comes to the Least-Loved Vegetable in Minnesota, we really don't like... mushrooms. Again, is a mushroom really a vegetable? Well, according to FruitsAndVeggies.com, they ARE... kind of. 'Although mushrooms are classified as vegetables, technically they are not plants but part of the kingdom called fungi,' it noted. While I LOVE me some mushrooms, I'm definitely in the minority here, seeing as they're the Most-Hated Vegetable not only here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but in 14 other states as well.
Now, speaking of favorites, while most Minnesotans wouldn't be sad to see mushrooms just go away, we ARE somewhat sad when some of our favorites brands cash it in and go bankrupt. Keep scrolling to check out some old favorites that aren't around anymore!