“The department of agriculture in Washington, with its leguminotherapy doctrine (whatever that is!), as a recipe for good human temperament— and for cutting down the ‘high cost of living.’
Vegetables are to be taken, according to the leguminotherapists in quantities and varieties that suit the person that eats them.
Boiled carrots are prescribed for bad tempers; green peas should be denied to girls with a tendency to flirt; overindulgence in potatoes is apt to produce apathy and laziness; spinach should be taken, particularly by the young because it produces energy and develops constancy, and French string beans are said to constitute an ideal diet for poets and artists.
White haricot beans should be eaten by intellectual workers, because they restore the nervous system and should, the science hold, be preferred as a strengthening food to any sort of meat and especially beef. Disraeli, Carlyle, Daudet and Ibsen fed on haricot beans.
Cauliflower and cabbages are very nourishing, but are not advocated, because they have the drawback of producing vulgarity of character and slowness of perception.
The leguminotherapists declare that these vegetables have all the good qualities that are embodied in either meat or eggs without having, however, their inconveniences . . . The absence of meat, it is held, prevents persons from becoming vicious and bloodthirsty.”
–The Virginia Enterprise, Friday, March 11, 1910
As I’ve always said: Sometimes a cucumber is just a cucumber.
(Found by Brenda on HometownFocus.us)