A colleague laments that she missed this debate over in the Senate today. I feel the same. Note the boldfaced part:
The Associated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. South Carolina legislators gave the lowly collard green its due Tuesday when the Senate agreed to make it the official state leafy vegetable.
Always washed, frequently boiled and traditionally a charm for wealth in the New Year first put on Southern tables by slaves, the collard green would join dozens of other “official” things the state recognizes.
For instance, milk is the state’s official beverage and state-grown tea is the state’s official hospitality beverage. The Carolina wolf spider is the state’s official spider and the bottlenose dolphin is the state’s official mammal.
The 30-12 vote showed there were collard green doubters.
Sen. Greg Ryberg, an Aiken Republican and Wisconsin transplant, wondered if there was competition.
Sen. Larry Martin, a Pickens Republican, defended the choice. “We all know the popularity of the collard,” Martin said.
“What about the green bean?” Ryberg asked in a reference to past efforts to put money into a green bean museum.
“The green bean’s not leafy,” Martin said flatly. “This is very specialized.”
I’d like to have been there for that.