The vegetative state can last only so long, and because I am currently playing the role of a vegetable I can say this with some confidence. And here I believe I have achieved woodiness, which in a vegetable means, if ever we are to be remotely digestible we have to be cooked for a very long time. Other wise we just sit there.
And too, I am one of those who have seen a Mangold Wurzel,
and this vegetable should not be confused with the Delicate
Chard. But if you've never seen a Mangold Wurzel then you
could look at the root of a seasoned Chard and imagine
something four or five times larger and more gnarled.
Strangely, vanilla ice cream helps.