Eat Your Vegetables Day

June is National Fruit and Vegetables Month, which makes it appropriate that June 17 should be Eat Your Vegetables Day. I admit this is not one of my favorite days. I love fruit and eat plenty of it, but veggies are another matter. When I make soup, I load it up with vegetables so that I at least get them that way. I also like salads, but just a bowl of carrots or green beans or peas – forget it. Besides lettuce, the only vegetables that I really like aren’t even really vegetables. Tomatoes are technically a fruit, and corn is technically a grain. Come to think of it, though, the last broccoli soup I made turned out pretty good. 🙂

Anyway, I love what Days of the Year,  says about this holiday. “They come in every color of the rainbow, almost every believable shape and size, and the flavors they bring to the table are absolutely astounding. Whether you’re just talking about the staple vegetables like carrots, potatoes, and onions that we all get from the store, or the diverse range of vegetables that come from around the world like Bok Choy and watercress, we’ve all been eating them our whole lives.”

So we all know vegetables are good for us, and a plant-based diet is healthier than too much meat. Dave Larson sums up part of the problem actually doing this when he writes, “Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” I expect too many of us look back to our childhoods when we were forced to eat our vegetables to get to the good stuff like dessert, plus, at least in American culture, vegetables are too often seen as something women eat, and not as manly as meat.

But however you feel towards veggies, do try to eat some today.

Quotes about vegetables

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.–Jim Davis

A vegetable garden in the beginning looks so promising and then after all little by little it grows nothing but vegetables, nothing, nothing but vegetables.–Gertrude Stein

An onion can make people cry but there’s never been a vegetable that can make people laugh.–Will Rogers

Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.–Mark Twain

Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes What would life be like without homegrown tomatoes? Only two things that money can’t buy. That’s true love and home grown tomatoes.–John Denver

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

I don’t want any vegetables, thank you. I paid for the cow to eat them for me.-—Douglas Coupland

Out of the thirty thousand types of edible plants thought to exist on Earth, just eleven – corn, rice, wheat, potatoes, cassava, sorghum, millet, beans, barley, rye, and oats – account for 93 percent of all that humans eat, and every one of them was first cultivated by our Neolithic ancestors.–Bill Bryson

And he gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.–Jonathan Swift

Vegetable gardening might be considered one of the great conservative rituals.–David M. Tucker

As for vegetables, I do not consider a plot of ground devoted to them worthy of the honorable name of garden.  Vegetables are, of course, a part of gardening, but the least, the last, –for those who do not have to raise them, the most dishonorable part.–H. G. Dwight

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