Well, they can be. I've yet to taste any preparation for lima beans that disguises the starchy quality of this New World legume. Not even succotash. I have friends who love spinach salads but won't taste cooked spinach. And it wasn't that long ago when the traditional vegetable offering on most restaurant menus was canned corn, canned green beans ... or french fries.
Tomorrow's edition of the food critics' panel of The Walt Bodine Show (co-hosted by yours truly) on KCUR 89.3 will take on the subject, "Vegetables That Aren't Boring." The show is broadcast at 10 a.m. and should be a lively because everybody loves at least one vegetable.
I know one person who says he'll eat a vegetable only if it has been used in a lyric in a popular song. I could only think of a few: James Brown singing "Mashed Potatoes," Louis Jordan singing "Beans and Cornbread," the Ray Charles version of "String Bean," and Shirley Temple complaining about spinach in a song.
So, Fat City readers, what vegetable songs am I forgetting?