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)