Which Vegetables Are Most Challenging for You?

We're focusing on splendid fall vegetables all week, but it didn't seem right to have that conversation without also having this one: Which vegetables are most challenging for you? Okra? Lima beans? Turnips? Are there any vegetables that you just can't quite love?

Personally, I have a hard time with the slime factors of okra and Malabar spinach — they're downright muciliginous if not handled properly. Growing up, I couldn't choke down lima beans, and I just haven't attempted them again lately.

Other vegetables are simply challenging, even though I like them. Butternut squash, for instance, takes a sharp knife and some arm strength to deal with, and I just don't always have the energy.

What about you? Which vegetables challenge you as a cook, and why?

Related: Survey: Lima Beans: Love 'Em or Hate 'Em?

(Images: Nealey Dozier; Kathryn Hill)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.