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The Despicables - America's most hated vegetables

Updated on October 10, 2014

The information below is not based on any scientific evidence, polls or surveys. It is also very very biased.

For the most part, I eat a fairly sensible, healthy diet. I exercise and try to stay fit. Like most people I enjoy a good leafy salad or veggie pizza. But lurking in the darkness, hiding in your freezer or on your shelves, there are some vegetables that are so utterly deplorable, so repulsive, they make me squirm just to think about them. From the wretched bowels of the earth, I present the vegetables only a mother could love, The Despicables.

Before we start I would like to acknowledge that there are some who actually enjoy these dregs of the food chain, to that I will say that even Ted Bundy had a fan club.

Cauliflower - Broccoli's mean brother. White, orange, green or purple, it doesn't matter, this food is wicked no matter what uniform it dons. Maybe it's my ears. Cooking cauliflower releases its full potential, spewing an immoral odor that will haunt the walls of your house for days. Stay away.

Lima Beans - Also known as butter beans, these grotesque pellets have the texture of a cooked bug. High in fiber and great for the heart, this food makes you earn it. I can still remember dinner time at my house growing up. Five of these critters would find their way to my plate. I would swallow them whole, like pills, washing them down with milk. Excuse me...I may be sick...okay false alarm. Next.

Peas- I'll will say this, these are probably the least offensive on the list. I can even stand them in a vegetable soup. But have you ever smelled split pea soup? Mushy peas anyone? That's a different story. Recently the president said it's time to eat our peas, that's because nobody wants to. The only reason you keep canned peas on the shelf is to donate to a food drive. Or is that just me?

Beets- Known as one of the healthiest foods (I think there's a trend here), beets don't offer much pleasure in the taste department. Loaded with carotenoids that I can't pronounce nor do I care to, this vegetable is full of nutrients I will just have to miss out on. Beet wine? No thanks.

Brussels Sprouts- The Hannibal Lecter of food. Saving the worst for last, this villain is downright sinister. Put it in your microwave and you will need a new one. Put it in your mouth you may never be the same. As I've gotten older, I've broadened my taste, I love asparagus on the grill, spinach in an omelet and broccoli in my salad. Brussels sprouts, as long as I live you will never win me over so just keep your vitamins A, C and folic acid because it's not happening, ever.

Well that was painful. We have stared evil in the face and lived to see another day. When I was 10 this list would have had around 125 entries, so my palate has succumbed to the dark side in my old age. The remaining evildoers will stay on my list for the foreseeable future. I will remain vigilant, safeguarding my freezer and policing my cabinets, knowing these scoundrels are out there growing, harvesting, and lurking.

Which of these do you hate the most?

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    • chefmancave profile image

      Robert Loescher 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      How could you all be "hating" on the veggies? You are right though. Generally kids hate veggies. It is a shame.

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      I'm with you on Asparagus, and most of these I can hack now, well, except for Brussel Sprouts of course! Thanks for reading!

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      Patricia Scott 

      8 years ago from North Central Florida

      The Despicables are are veggies that I like. We each have our own favorites don't we??

      I grew up eating them and even as a child enjoyed them. One veggie I really did not like was asparagus as a child. Now it is on my list of faves too.

      Angels are on the way :) ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      8 years ago from North Central Florida

      The Despicables are are veggies that I like. We each have our own favorites don't we??

      I grew up eating them and even as a child enjoyed them. One veggie I really did not like was asparagus as a child. Now it is on my list of faves too.

      Angels are on the way :) ps

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Haha, glad you enjoyed it! Thanks Kristen!

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      Kristen Mazzola 

      8 years ago from South Florida

      I loved this hub!! I am emailing it to my boyfriend now! He, to this day, refuses like a little kid to eat his veggies to the point that he has to take vegetable supplement pills...Great!! Voted up!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Kathy! Yes, Brussels sprouts are vile!!!!

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      8 years ago from Waukesha, Wisconsin

      I am SO surprised I haven't found this hub before! I have to admit, I LAUGHED all the way THROUGH this one, and I AM one of the 47 percent who hate brussels sprouts. I don't even know if the Hannibal Lechter analogy is even bad enough for them.

      They are vile, evil, disgusting things. Ugh... and to think that some people actually like them. Thanks for the laughs, Pete! I am going to share this hub! :) It's been a fun one to read!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      9 years ago from Virginia

      Well I don't think you can go wrong hating any of these, well maybe wrong by health standards but still!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      9 years ago from Virginia

      Very odd Jeannie, and not charming at all, yuck! Thanks for stopping by!

    • BlissfulWriter profile image


      9 years ago

      For some reason, I have no problem with brussel sprouts (even though the poll shows that it is most disliked). I like cauliflower the least.

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      Jeannie Marie 

      9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Cauliflower is an odd veggie, isn't it? So close to being broccoli, but just not quite as charming. Fun hub and voted up.

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      9 years ago from Virginia

      Yeah, they're no fun uninvited, thanks for stopping by

      If you say so Quality! Still not touching the BS! I actually can eat some of these, just thought it made a funny liight hearted hub!

    • QualityContent profile image


      9 years ago

      It's all how you prepare them. I like all vegetables. If they are eaten fresh out of a garden, there's a HUGE difference.

      Now if you want something VILE, it has to be the herb Cilantro. Ruins everything it touches.

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      Susan Keeping 

      9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      I love all those vegetables except for lima beans. Yuck.

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      9 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Billbuc, enjoy those beets!

      They really are awful Daisy, thanks!

      Thanks AEvans, and I look forward to following you.

      I do agree fpherj, I have some really bad memories at the table!

      Swallowing Lima beans whole is no way to go through life Keri! Thanks!

      Wow, that could be its own hub cebutouristspot!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • cebutouristspot profile image


      9 years ago from Cebu

      Am glad my most hated veggie didn't made your list. Most of those you listed I can live with. P.S. my mouth simply cant take egg plant.

    • Keri Summers profile image

      Keri Summers 

      9 years ago from West of England

      Oh no. This is dreadful to hear that people are suffering so with their vegetables. I was a bit late to the table with Beets, and Cauliflowers, but love BS and butter beans (confused but sounds like they are similar to Lima). I mean to do a "Joy of Butter Beans" at some point, (way behind on Hubs) but I didn't realise the joy of veg was denied to so many. I was never forced to eat anything I didn't like as a child, and this sounds like a key issue. This was a great subject for a Hub weestro. Up etc.

    • fpherj48 profile image


      9 years ago from Carson City

      weestro....Great hub! Fruits and vegetables, the basic foods to keep us healthy. Off-hand, I can't think of a veggie that I don't like, or at least, won't eat.

      I do think our tastes have a great deal to do with our "dinner table" upbringing....don't you?

      Reading about the certain dislikes in some of the comments, is interesting. I wonder if some of the "veggie-haters," might change their mind if they tried certain vegetables "prepared" a different way? It's possible.


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      9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I cannot stand to eat Lima beans. But for the rest I really do like them. lololo! Loved the read. Great hub! Vote up and pinned! :)

    • Daisy Mariposa profile image

      Daisy Mariposa 

      9 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      Thanks for publishing another great Hub.

      The only vegetable I will not eat under any circumstances in Brussels Sprouts. I see from your poll results thus far that most of the voters agree with me.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 years ago from Olympia, WA

      As a general rule I hate vegetables but for some unknown reason I like beets. The rest on the list get a huge thumbs up! Fun hub; nice job!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      10 years ago from Virginia

      Brussel Sprouts are the worst, I could write a hub a day about how much I hate them!! I can deal with broccoli Pia, not a big fan of it when cooked though.

    • PiaC profile image


      10 years ago from Oakland, CA

      hahahahahaha! I love all of these vegetables! I adore beets and peas, and love Roasted brussel sprouts! The only vegetable I hate is not on this list --- BROCCOLI!!

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      10 years ago

      There's a definite hate-club against Brussels Sprouts in the poll, and I have defiantly added my name to that list! YUK!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      10 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks to all for reading and commenting!!

      @smethvin- I'm guessing ranch dressing would mask the taste somewhat!!!

      @Sally - I would be polite, but I would be suffering!!

      @Kristen - Thank You, I can handle celery!!!

      @lambservant - cauliflower seems to be the overwelming favorite of these loser veggies!!

      @wychic - that's one smart baby!!

      @moon daisy - we need to write a part 2!!!

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      Moon Daisy 

      10 years ago from London

      Funny hub. Even thought I can't relate too much as I don't often meet a vegetable that I don't like! I suppose if I HAD to pick one, I would say something like a turnip. Although ok mixed with other stuff, by itself it's not the best thing. Oh, and radishes. Nasty. Celeriac.. You know, once I start thinking about it...

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      Rebecca Mikulin 

      10 years ago from Sheridan, Wyoming

      Oooh, sounds like I need to send you my recipe for broccoli cauliflower salad -- my family cheers whenever I bring cauliflower home on Bountiful Basket day so I can make more of it :P. I have to agree, though, that there are quite a few vegetables that were just never meant to be cooked. I'll eat just about anything raw -- cooked is for torture. Even my 9-month-old won't touch anything cooked other than yams.

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      Lori Colbo 

      10 years ago from United States

      Love your writing. I am with you on the beets and lima beans. I love cauliflower cooked not raw, peas if they are fresh or frozen and probably my most often used veggie, and all my life I've hated brussle sprouts until recently. I went to a friends house for dinner and she was making steak, crab, baked potatos and brussle sprouts. I said no to them but she talked me into it. I couldn't stop eating them. I realized that BS are best fresh, not frozen. The frozen ones have an after taste that is wretched. But now I eat them all the time. Beets are like eating earth. Great hub and creative idea.

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      Kristen Haynie 

      10 years ago from Scotia, CA

      Great hub! You listed some of the nastiest stuff out there, although I personally would have swapped the cauliflower out for celery. YUK! You're writing style is lively, and very funny! Thanks for sharing.

    • Sally's Trove profile image


      10 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      You just listed and wrote about some of my fav veggies. Love them all! Ever had cauliflower and broccoli and carrots steamed with a lemon butter parsley sauce? How about beets marinated in balsamic vinegar with scallions and tarragon? Peas, carrots and onions steamed together? Lima beans (these are not butter beans) steamed and flavored with butter and pepper.

      You'd have to be really polite to suffer through dinner at my house. :)

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      10 years ago

      Like cauliflower with ranch dressing, like green peas, blackeyes, snow peas etc. Lima beans and sausage in the winter makes a good filling warm meal. And brussel sprouts boiled with a little butter, yum. But beets UGH!!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      10 years ago from Virginia

      That's exactly what I do if a veggie tray is around!!!

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      Alecia Murphy 

      10 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I admit that I do enjoy peas and lima beans, but the other three? No way. If there's any cauliflower in a veggie tray I try to find a way to avoid it because even covered in fatty salad dressing, it's a hot mess and a half. Great Hub!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      10 years ago from Virginia

      Not sure if I've ever finished a BS sallieann, if so I've completely blocked it from memory!!

    • sallieannluvslife profile image


      10 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Oh my word! My Dad was a stickler for us eating everything on our plates - which he put on them - and brussel sprouts were the WORST! I would put one in my mouth, hold my nose, chew it up a little and try to swallow it down whole with iced tea....GAGGING the entire time! Now that I'm an adult - NEVER AGAIN!!!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      10 years ago from Virginia

      @Pinkchic- There are no winners in that poll!!

      @Carco - Better you than me

      Thanks for reading guys!!

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      Paul Cronin 

      10 years ago from Winnipeg

      Real funny hub, as a vegee lover, I can agree these are all on my least favorite list, but I do enjoy fresh peas now and again and also brussel sprouts. Voted Up and funny.

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      Sarah Carlsley 

      10 years ago from Minnesota

      Tough poll. It was a toss up between cauliflower and beets. Great idea for a hub!

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      Pete Fanning 

      10 years ago from Virginia

      This hub is dedicated to you Diane!!!

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      Diane Fanning 

      10 years ago from New Braunfels, Texas

      That certainly brings back memories. At least you never slipped the beets off your plate and into the pocket of a pair of khaki pants like my brother did.


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