These are the 20 most hated vegetables in the UK

Nearly half the nation has been trying to eat healthier during lockdown, however these vegetables were probably left off the menu for many

Tuesday, 21st July 2020, 2:49 pm
Butternut squash isn't to everyone's liking

According to Nationwide research by Higgidy, it seems as a nation, we are not getting enough greens in our diet, with the average UK resident having not eaten broccoli in over one month.

Perhaps this is because broccoli features on the list of the UK’s most loathed veg, along with other greens such as Brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale. Take a look at the full list to see if your tastes are aligned with the nation’s.

The Brussels sprout may have gained its name from Brussels, Belgium, where it has long been a popular vegetable. However, whether or not the sprout has a place on the plate proves a contentious topic in the UK.

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Found in many mediterranean meals, such as Italy’s Carciofi alla romana, or part of a Spanish tapas dish, artichokes are clearly not as loved in the UK as they are in Europe.
According to the survey, it has been over six weeks since the average Brit last ate celery.
Also known as an eggplant in some parts of the world, the aubergine is actually a berry by botanical definition, however it is still the fourth most hated vegetable in the UK.
Ten per cent of the people surveyed agreed that beetroot was their most hated vegetable.
Celeriac, also known as celery root, can be used raw in salads, or baked, roasted or boiled. However its sweet, nutty, celery-like flavour is not enjoyed by everyone.
A winter vegetable which is often found in soups, the butternut squash has a sweet, nutty taste similar to that of a pumpkin. However this proved unpopular for 10 per cent of the respondents.
A type of Chinese cabbage, bok choy is typically found in chinese and Southeast Asian dishes.
Experts claim that eating a diet rich in leafy greens such as broccoli can reduce risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and mental decline. However that’s still not enough to win over nine per cent of respondents.
This starchy edible root of the Dioscorea genus, is native to Africa and Asia, with the majority of imports coming from Africa.
This hardy, perennial herb is indigenous to the shores of the Mediterranean. Nine per cent of those surveyed said it was their least favourite vegetable.
Okra, otherwise known as ‘lady's fingers’ also made the list, with eight per cent admitting to disliking the veg.
BBC good food says that marrow’s “mild flavour and soft, creamy flesh lends itself to chutneys and curries, as well as being delicious stuffed and baked.” However, clearly not everyone agrees.
Also known as a sunroot, sunchoke, or earth apple, the Jerusalem artichoke is a root vegetable native to central North America.
Eighty percent of survey respondents said that button mushrooms were their least favourite vegetable.
Typically associated with Halloween decorations, the pumpkin is best left outside for many people.
While this is a firm favourite for pet rabbits everywhere, it's not quite the same for humans, especially for those in the UK.
One third of respondents admitted they think it takes too much time and effort to prepare salads and vegetables daily. Perhaps that’s partly why chard is so disliked.
It has been seven weeks since the average person in the UK last consumed kale, according to the survey.
While the courgette may not be completely loved by the UK, it does provide lots of immune system-boosting vitamin C.