Bloke launches hunt for UK’s ‘best vegetable’ in ‘World Cup’ style tournament

A man has launched a World Cup-style event in a bid to find the UK’s best vegetable.

The grand debate you didn’t know you needed the answer to was started by a bloke on Twitter, @olvrlstr.

Introducing his maverick plan, he wrote: “We need an answer to the age-old question – which is the best British vegetable.

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“Well, the wait is over… The Great British Vegetable World Cup is here.

“32 vegetables. One winner.”

It’s got a lot of traction, with thousands of total votes already cast, with hundreds of people giving their opinions in each group.

Group one was made up of potato, swede, leek and radish.

In group two were carrots, turnips, peas and parsnips while group three consisted of broccoli, celery, sprouts and sweetcorn.

Four had onion, aubergines, lettuce and spinach and in group five was chard, courgette, cucumber and cress.

Six had marrow, cabbage, beetroot and kale while seven had spring onion, cauliflower, artichoke and sweet potato and group eight had squash, asparagus, mushrooms and green beans.

At the time of writing, the tournament is now out of the group stages and onto the last 16, with half of the field already dead and buried after the first hurdle.

The top two teams from each group progressed to the next round, with some surprising results already having taken place.

Some big names have fallen, with the following vegetables battling it out head to head in the last 16.

The eight thrilling fixtures are: potato vs asparagus, mushroom vs leek, carrot vs spring onion, peas vs sweet potato, broccoli vs beetroot, sweetcorn vs cabbage, onion vs courgette and spinach vs cucumber.

Voting on the last 16 will run until around 11am tomorrow (April 21) so you still have plenty of time to get involved.

People have been chipping in some decent gags in the comments.

One person said: “I just feel like the competition has lost all credibility since expanding to 32.”

To which @olvrlstr replied: “A clear money grab from farmers looking to squeeze more money out of fertiliser sponsors”.

Saying what many were thinking, another user added: “Expecting a potato-onion final here.”

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