Food for Thought

By The Numbers: America’s Least Favorite Veggies

By Mac Malikowski | March 19, 2013

According to a survey produced by, America is finding a common enemy in a few misunderstood vegetables. Swiss chard, for example, who’s single cup serving offers 51% of our daily dose of Vitamin C and a comical 715% for Vitamin K, which strengthens your bones and balances your blood, is used “almost never” in 86% of American kitchens. Additionally, the ever-friendly artichoke, clocking in at just 60 calories, promotes liver health and heart function is barely made at home (“rarely eaten” in 78% of U.S. households).

Here’s a list of the 7 least used veggies in American kitchens:

Parsnips • Swiss Chard • Bok Choy • Rutabagas • Artichokes • Eggplant • Okra

In an effort to challenge the poor publicity of these highly beneficial and potentially delicious vegetables, here is one week’s worth of recipes highlighting one veggie each night:

Tuesday: Orange Glazed Carrots & Parsnips
Wednesday: Swiss Chard Cakes
Thursday: Bok Choy and Potatoes
Friday: Rutabaga Fries
Saturday: Baby Artichoke Linguine 
Sunday: Crispy Fried Eggplant
Monday: Spicy Okra and Greens

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