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What vegetable defines vegetables for you?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 03, 2012 at 8:39 PM

So I eat a lot of meat and vegetables. The steak is kind of like an icon for meat in my mind, even though I eat a heck of a lot more than just steak. I can't put a finger on vegetables though... kale? broccoli? carrots? I don't know. What vegetable is your icon for vegetables?

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on March 06, 2013
at 08:11 AM

Wow...now that is love! Pure potato poetry. :)

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on March 06, 2013
at 08:10 AM

Kale sautéed with onions and garlic. Mmmm-mmm!

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on March 06, 2013
at 02:57 AM

Where were you when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

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on March 06, 2013
at 02:53 AM

Arrr matey everone knows eggs be a fruit.

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on March 06, 2013
at 02:51 AM

Or maybe the chopped salad of red cabbage, onions and kimchi that's steeping in vinegar in the fridge....better and better with age...

77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

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on March 06, 2013
at 02:51 AM

kale, broccoli, and brussel sprouts are all just hybrids of the same plant.

77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

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on March 06, 2013
at 02:48 AM

and why is every one married to kale? romaine has more usable calcium. not to mention vegetables cover tubers(potatoes, poi, yucca), roots(carrots), shoots(asparagus), bulbs(onion),and even some fruits (cucumber, zucchini. squash, tomatoes)

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 05, 2012
at 02:20 AM

The goitrogenic compounds are pretty much taken care of by cooking, just as with broccoli and the other brassica veggies. The calcium in kale is much more easily absorbed than the calcium from dairy. The rest I don't remember specifics on, but those two points stood out.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 04, 2012
at 08:29 PM

Love brussel sprouts. But they make me fart a lot lol

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:54 PM

It depends. After 6 weeks of zero-carbing lemons tasted sweet to me :)

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:37 PM

Especially with the cauli-rice love that goes on around here! :)

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Have you tried your kale in a chicken broth-based soup? I love kale in all its incarnations, but that is my favorite way and a lot of people who aren't big fans of it seem to like it better when it's all chicken-y. :)

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on August 04, 2012
at 01:02 AM

@RasieFitness: In that case, the vegetable is grass!

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on August 04, 2012
at 12:38 AM

If I had to pick just one vegetable to sustain myself, I would pick beef.

F59d04be1acdc85dd1e6da34f43dc447

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on August 04, 2012
at 12:33 AM

Lol at broccoli being just a pretty face.

361e96d70d6d3b91d63f6ad975e60ab6

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on August 03, 2012
at 11:26 PM

But how much nutrition is in care vs toxins? How much is actually available upon processing?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 03, 2012
at 11:23 PM

HERESY!!! ALL HAIL THE KALE GOD!!! Erm... sorry about that, but evangelism is one of the hallmarks of modern religion and kale deserves worship. ;)

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on August 03, 2012
at 11:19 PM

highest nutritional value

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

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on August 03, 2012
at 11:14 PM

I pick pulled pork/carnitas as the icon of meat (ummm, I guess unless you keep kosher), but maybe that's just me. I could hardly care less about steak. :) oh yeah, and I think kale is borderline magical.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on August 03, 2012
at 11:12 PM

I didn't mean that roots and tubers were fruits, just that fruit is commonly associated with being sweet tasting. I guess that doesn't really work for lemons, though.

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

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on August 03, 2012
at 10:39 PM

You're preaching to the choir John. And yet here the ancestral eating community stands with very few foods apart from fruit to get that sweet taste.

2e5dc29c61f97d335ffb990508424719

on August 03, 2012
at 10:02 PM

The botanical definition of a fruit is a ripened plant ovary, not "sweet."

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on August 03, 2012
at 08:56 PM

Roots and tubers are starches and starches are (or can be) sweet. Sweet = fruit.

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194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on August 03, 2012
at 09:35 PM

Broccoli is the vegetable mascot, whereas Kale is the brains behind the operation.

F59d04be1acdc85dd1e6da34f43dc447

(234)

on August 04, 2012
at 12:33 AM

Lol at broccoli being just a pretty face.

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5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on August 04, 2012
at 06:15 AM

Broccoli is my iconic vegetable. I know kale is more nutritious, and I do love it, but broccoli is the one vegetable I could eat pretty much every single day and never get sick of it. A medium rare rib-eye steak and steamed broccoli with butter is one meal I'll always be in the mood for.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 04, 2012
at 03:00 AM

I can't believe nobody has mentioned Spinach or Cauliflower.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:37 PM

Especially with the cauli-rice love that goes on around here! :)

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on August 04, 2012
at 02:36 AM

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on March 06, 2013
at 02:53 AM

Arrr matey everone knows eggs be a fruit.

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361e96d70d6d3b91d63f6ad975e60ab6

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on August 03, 2012
at 10:38 PM

Why so much support for kale? Anybody else feel that kale is just inedible grass? I vote broccoli.

Afc0b8e755ac7cdde6b517fdadb50026

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on August 03, 2012
at 11:19 PM

highest nutritional value

361e96d70d6d3b91d63f6ad975e60ab6

(840)

on August 03, 2012
at 11:26 PM

But how much nutrition is in care vs toxins? How much is actually available upon processing?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on August 03, 2012
at 11:23 PM

HERESY!!! ALL HAIL THE KALE GOD!!! Erm... sorry about that, but evangelism is one of the hallmarks of modern religion and kale deserves worship. ;)

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on August 05, 2012
at 02:20 AM

The goitrogenic compounds are pretty much taken care of by cooking, just as with broccoli and the other brassica veggies. The calcium in kale is much more easily absorbed than the calcium from dairy. The rest I don't remember specifics on, but those two points stood out.

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on August 03, 2012
at 09:30 PM

Lacinato Kale! Aka dinosaur kale.

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on March 06, 2013
at 02:52 AM

"What vegetable defines vegetables for you?"

Potatoes!

I mean leafy greens, carrots and broccoli come as a side salad at most restaurants as a promissory note that the REAL food will soon arrive...but it's free, as in, has no worth...but when you get your steak and there's that beautifully shaped dollop of cloud white potato with its seductive pad of butter melting its way into that whipped silky delight??? AND our hearts, I sometimes have trouble deciding which feast for the eyes I'll devour first...

Also, think of Belushi???s example of a zit from Animal House, would his impression of a pimple be anywhere as iconic done with the demon weed known only as, broccoli? I think NOT.

Truth.

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on March 06, 2013
at 02:57 AM

Where were you when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on March 06, 2013
at 08:11 AM

Wow...now that is love! Pure potato poetry. :)

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:32 PM

And I can't believe nobody mentioned brussels sprouts. Broccoli and lettuce are close behind though.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 04, 2012
at 08:29 PM

Love brussel sprouts. But they make me fart a lot lol

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F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on August 03, 2012
at 11:01 PM

Broccoli and Swiss chard.

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B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on August 03, 2012
at 09:05 PM

I think kale is probably the king of all veggies, but I would definitely not pick steak as the icon of meat, the other parts of the animals are so much cooler :D.

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on August 03, 2012
at 11:14 PM

I pick pulled pork/carnitas as the icon of meat (ummm, I guess unless you keep kosher), but maybe that's just me. I could hardly care less about steak. :) oh yeah, and I think kale is borderline magical.

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on March 06, 2013
at 03:49 AM

carrots, broccoli, spinach sometimes. never heard of this kale...

;P

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on March 06, 2013
at 02:21 AM

I can't believe nobody has mentioned onions or garlic yet. Onions are number one for me, with garlic a close second. Actually, the original question seems to be what mental image pops into your head when you think of vegetable. In that case i would have to say a cornucopia featuring onions, carrots, and leafy greens.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on March 06, 2013
at 08:10 AM

Kale sautéed with onions and garlic. Mmmm-mmm!

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(10611)

on March 06, 2013
at 02:51 AM

Or maybe the chopped salad of red cabbage, onions and kimchi that's steeping in vinegar in the fridge....better and better with age...

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on August 05, 2012
at 02:06 AM

I vote Kale as it is the only vegetable that I can tell makes feel better. I do not get this effect from other vegetables. That's why I vote Kale.

Then Spinach comes a close second for it's ability to adjust my cycles.

Then brussel sprouts and cabbage (liver support, helps me drop water weight for some reason and tastes sweet when cooked properly) and broccoli (iron, I'm a little anemic, and it's easy to cook).

After eating kale and spinach for a while you definitely start to appreciate a dark leafy lettuce (not iceberg). It almost tastes sweet in comparison.

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3ec1b1b21c5b8ca332262822ae82be22

on March 06, 2013
at 03:01 AM

Broccoli and spinach. Brussel sprouts are also good.

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on March 06, 2013
at 02:49 AM

The whole family of cole vegetables...brassica?...from cabbage to broccoli to Brussels sprouts.

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77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

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on March 06, 2013
at 02:38 AM

Ummm beats obviously.

I just ate warm beets cooked in balsalmic and butter. Then poured it over a salad of romaine, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and asparagus tips. It was delicious. I also had egg yolk in the salad dressing. I started eating the salad then just poured the cooked beats on top when half the salad was gone.

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on March 06, 2013
at 02:48 AM

and why is every one married to kale? romaine has more usable calcium. not to mention vegetables cover tubers(potatoes, poi, yucca), roots(carrots), shoots(asparagus), bulbs(onion),and even some fruits (cucumber, zucchini. squash, tomatoes)

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on March 06, 2013
at 02:51 AM

kale, broccoli, and brussel sprouts are all just hybrids of the same plant.

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Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

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on August 04, 2012
at 01:40 AM

Adding to the chorus of "broccoli." I don't know how broccoli came to be the iconic vegetable for me (especially since I didn't eat it from age 6-21). Lettuce is a close second though.

Although for "meat," I would pick chicken, but that's just because it's the meat I eat the most often I guess. My favorite part of meat is the skin (is that weird?), so I go for things like poultry and fish rather than beef. I could eat salmon skin all day.

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A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on August 04, 2012
at 12:21 AM

I have to agree with kale and broccoli. Unfortunately, I rarely eat either of them, and have difficulty finding ways to prepare them that I truly enjoy. But I can never quite ignore their stellar nutrition profiles. If I had to pick just one vegetable to sustain myself, I guess it would be kale.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on August 04, 2012
at 01:02 AM

@RasieFitness: In that case, the vegetable is grass!

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on August 04, 2012
at 12:38 AM

If I had to pick just one vegetable to sustain myself, I would pick beef.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on August 04, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Have you tried your kale in a chicken broth-based soup? I love kale in all its incarnations, but that is my favorite way and a lot of people who aren't big fans of it seem to like it better when it's all chicken-y. :)

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0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

on August 03, 2012
at 08:48 PM

Any Brassica vegetable is what I really think of when I think "vegetable."

I consider carrots a fruit honestly, even though botanically they're not.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on August 03, 2012
at 08:56 PM

Roots and tubers are starches and starches are (or can be) sweet. Sweet = fruit.

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

(5150)

on August 03, 2012
at 10:39 PM

You're preaching to the choir John. And yet here the ancestral eating community stands with very few foods apart from fruit to get that sweet taste.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on August 03, 2012
at 11:12 PM

I didn't mean that roots and tubers were fruits, just that fruit is commonly associated with being sweet tasting. I guess that doesn't really work for lemons, though.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:54 PM

It depends. After 6 weeks of zero-carbing lemons tasted sweet to me :)

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on August 03, 2012
at 10:02 PM

The botanical definition of a fruit is a ripened plant ovary, not "sweet."

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on March 06, 2013
at 09:31 AM

Onions...oh man. And broccoli. I can grill or bake up a few whole onions and just chow down. Or sauteed in butter over steak. Hallelujah. I haven't a clue how to use kale...that stuff scares me.

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