This piece originally ran in May 2013. It has been updated in advance of the Parks and Recreation series finale tomorrow, February 24.
Ron Swanson’s love affair with meat is one of this past decade’s great TV romances. But Parks and Recreation fans might be surprised to learn that Swanson hasn’t only shoved charred mammal flesh down his gullet in seven seasons of the show. There have also been peppers, pretzels, and, in one bizarre scenario, a salad. There’s only one thing more impressive than Ron Swanson’s mustache: his appetite.