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New Hampshire Legislature expected to name an official state vegetable

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February 28, 2013

New Hampshire

By Tyler King

CONCORD, New Hampshire: Fourth-grade students from Derry Village Elementary School are pushing to get the white potato named the official New Hampshire vegetable. The House passed HB 535 by a large margin before sending it along to the Senate. Students were give a show when representatives debated the bill in order to illustrate the role of civilized debate in self-governance.[1][2]

Potato supporters cited research showing New Hampshire was the first state to cultivate the white potato in North America when an Irish minister brought the potato seeds to Derry in 1719. Rep. James Parison (R) argued the state vegetable should be broccoli, calling it the crown jewel of nutrition and suggesting that if it became the state vegetable, kids might be more likely to eat it. Parison added that Thomas Jefferson cultivated broccoli, making it a "patriotic vegetable."[1][2]

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