Viva Ugly Veggies!

Sometimes when I go shopping. I look like hell. Sweaty gym clothes and five o'clock shadow. But despite appearances, there’s nothing wrong with me—I think—and that’s the same reason why European food advocates wanted selling restrictions on “ugly” fruits and vegetables removed

Previously, bizarre-looking produce, like forked carrots, crooked cucumbers and blemished bananas, were banned from markets, but now citing economic tough times and utter stupidity and wastefulness, the European Union has lifted restrictions on odd-looking produce; via DiscoBlog.

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Steve - November 17, 2008 2:46 PM

Hi Gerry
I wonder what was done with them before, fed to animals or chopped up and made into commercial muffins perhaps. I know that gnarly carrots are put on the lathe and turned into "baby carrots" (I hope no one thought they were just little perfect carrots growing in the field ;-)
Cheers, Steve

Betty - November 19, 2008 1:49 AM

Hi Gerry,

Most US states have similar "market rules" as those in Europe. Size, color, shape are all regulated by marketing boards dominated by large agricultural firms. That's why you haven't seen anything like those European forked carrots in your local commercial market. Farmers markets are excepted from the rules in some states, but those markets have their own rules. For generations, marketing boards have controlled what you "see" in the store.

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