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Come on down and name that vegetable....

Great surveys of our time dept (requires registration):

"Tootsies [a restaurant chain] asked 200 children between the ages of 11 and 13 if they were able to name 40 items commonly available from a greengrocer's stall".

And they were not very good at it. Carrots topped the table at 94.5%, while there was single figure recognition for artichokes, aubergines, spinach and turnips (good job they didn't include rocket and sweet potatoes, eh readers?) The differential between boys and girls was sharpest with cucumbers - 90% of girls recognised it but only 67% of boys. Boys were better at identifying tomatoes and cauliflowers.

As to fruit, apples, bananas, oranges and strawberries secured 90% + recognition, with the poor gooseberry languishing on 1%.

Two things to note - only 200 children were questioned, and they were selected from diners at the chain's restaurant, so it may well be a woeful reflection on the parenting of its patrons rather than an indictment of small people overall.

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Blogger Justin Hinchcliffe said... 2:54 pm

I would have thought "Hutus" would have been fairly high up on the list.

I take it that Yam, that old Tottenham root vegtable, wasn't on the list?  



Blogger Letters From A Tory said... 8:45 am

Maybe the children were a bit distracted by being in a restaurant surrounded by food?  



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