Where’s The Beet In The White House Garden?

The White House will have its own vegetable garden this spring. First Lady Michelle Obama and a group of elementary school children broke ground last week. But fictional “The Office” character Dwight Schrute would cringe that his special veggie, the beet, has been left off the list of crops slated to be planted in the new garden.

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According to a recent New York Times story, beets are not one of the vegetables to be planted, presumably after President Barack Obama’s talk on the campaign trail last year where he indicated that he is less than fond of the vegetable. Included, however, are multiple varieties of lettuce, shallots, shell peas, sugar snap peas, broccoli, fennel, rhubarb, and onions.

Could beets be the new broccoli?