All vegetables are above average
Has anyone else noticed the trend in the past few decades that any online discussion of any particular vegetable includes the seemingly obligatory "excellent source of blah, blah, blah". No one seems to be willing to say that any vegetable is middling or worst than most. I was reminded of this a few days ago when I finally got around to trying young cowpea leaves as a cooked green. Years ago when I was first talked into growing cowpeas I did a bit of research and repeatedly encountered statements regarding the leaves as greens to the effect of "highly nutritious". I checked my go to reference on nutrition, the USDA Nutrition Database, and compared it's nutritional attributes to the various other greens I eat and found that with the exception of protein and folate, it is below the average of the bunch in most individual nutrients. It is about average for folate and does lead the pack for protein.
Here is a link to an earlier thread about the USDA Nutrition Database: