Some vegetables seem indispensable to us, others not so much.
Among the vegetables that you regularly eat (I'm not talking about the ones that you hate and avoid already), which one do you think would upset you the least to do without for the rest of your life?
I'm pretty sure that I could live without carrots. I quite like them grated and used in a salad, but cooked carrots do not really give me much pleasure other than knowing that they are reputedly good for me.
They're not that available. However, I have English and Canadian friends who seek them out and serve them on gala occasions. I always feel slightly guilty eating them, as I certainly am not as thrilled about them as I'm supposed to be. The only thing I really like about them is how all those tightly packed little leaves feel on my tongue.
Carrots are one of those staples we always have in the house. In winter they make a lunchtime salad: grated with lemon juice, sugar, olive oil, s & p. Mra Faz makes an excellent Indian carrot and mustard seed dish. They go into stirfries. I cook them al dente and serve with chopped ginger and mint. There are excellent Turkish recipes (but I'm not going downstairs for my green file). One of them is rissoles with the addition of chopped dry apricots. Another has yogurt and garlic. Another has carrots cooked with green lentils and tomato sauce. And carrots form an integral part of lots of other recipes from a navarin of lamb to mussels cooked with potato, celeriac, carrots ets. Not an exciting veg in itself. But I wouldn't be without carrots.
Many vegetables lose their best qualities generally within 72 hours of being harvested,some like corn,within 24 hours. Some of the sugars turn to starch. Carrots harvested and cooked within a day or so taste are night and day from those bought at the supermarket.
Not a big fan of eggplant except for baba ganoujh. When I was a kid I hated it, but now I will eat it. I think what I could most go without is most types of squash or brussels sprouts. Shredded raw carrots are good on a salad, but I've never been a fan of them cooked. I have rarely seen brussels sprouts here, and you don't see much variety of squash here, just zucchini and some sort of orange squash that is similar to a pumpkin, so I don't have much chance to eat those if I wanted. My mom used to always serve some sort of yellow, zucchini-shaped squash that she called summer squash as a kid. I never much liked that.
Good point, Wibbly. I forgot about kale, a vegetable that I'd go for only if there were no other leafy greens around. I like chard because it can be fixed so simply, but tastes so good. It makes a nice raw spinach substitute, too.
Okay, I'll bite: what do you do with those two?
And incidentally -- welcome! Nice to see you here. Is it okay to ask where you're from?
By "where you're from", I meant country of origin or place of residence, not the internet!
At any rate, yes, I know who you are, Wibbly. I hope you'll think about starting a thread(s) for some meaningful discussion about vegetarianism. Whether for economic or health reasons, more and more people want to learn more about it, and what better place than a forum where they can question and discuss.