Those of us who grow our own fruit and vegetables know that we don't harvest perfect specimens every time. But - the shape of the fruit or vegetable does not affect the nutritive value, and, apart from the short space of time between it growing on the plant and being harvested, and landing up either as juice or a meal portion, is, normally very brief.
I have never bothered what the produce looks like. In fact the more absurd they look, the more I love picking them - like the aubergine at the top of this posting that gave me the thumbs up :)
|So, the carrots on the left are not as appetising|
to look at - but, does that make them any less
nutritious? They are not dried out and wilted,
But, it has never occurred to me that those odd-looking, non-perfect fruit and vegetables are not acceptable to shops. That, in fact, the farmer cannot send them to market...
|The deformed carrot - advocating peace :)|
Because I was sent the following link.Check it out :)
Personally, if there was a supermarket / greengrocer here that had sold produce like that when I still had to buy mine, I would've had no hesitation in purchasing from them.
Hats off to Inter Marche - for seeing the bigger picture.
|The Ugly Clementine|
They are certainly stepping up to the plate - with or without the pun - and committing themselves 100% to the 2014 European Year against food waste. I hope they get all, and more, of the support from their customers that they deserve.
Mankind really is taking perfection too far.
Which begs the question. Can we afford to be that picky about what our fruit and vegetables look like...?