Healthy foods have been tantalizing subjects for many poems, such as "Salad" by Virgil, "Ode to the Tomato" by William Bingham Tappan and "The Pumpkin Poem" by John Greenleaf Whittier. Gastronomical musings usually refer to fulfillment and satisfaction, as well as love or loss.
Many food poems also refer to fond memories of food, as in Whittier's nostalgic "Pumpkin Poem": "What moistens the lip and what brightens the eye? / What calls back the past, like the rich Pumpkin pie? / Oh, fruit loved of boyhood! – the old days recalling, / When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling!"