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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

The Shocking Idea of Eating Ugly Vegetables.

Like many people watching a TV program about food waste I was shocked. Especially to discover the quantities of good food wasted. I was not previously aware that some of this waste is just because the vegetables did not pass the supermarkets/shoppers appearance perfection test, the one required to get them from the farm to a place on the supermarket shelf.

It has never crossed my mind to discard one of my home grown vegetables because it was not as good looking as the shop bought equivalent.  But then if I pause and think about it maybe I am guilty and when I have to buy vegetables in a shop I may have unintentionally sorted through the tray for the 'best buy'.   However, if  next to the 'immaculate vegetables' on the shelf  there was a tray of the containing the vegetables that were more irregular looking and the price of those edible good quality but more irregular looking vegetables were a slightly cheaper, I know that I am intelligent enough to go for the lower cost option.

I lost respect for the supermarket that ran a very poor example of a test of the side by side pretty versus ugly vegetable sales, as I felt they only wanted it to confirm their current beliefs and practice.
Besides if some of the vegetables are not fit for customers eyes then why not make them into soups and sauces to sell. Such soups could be frozen and given away to food help charities, served in the shops cafes or donated to food banks. It is a sad world that discards such quantities of food when others need it.

If an allotment grown  vegetable ever turns out to be that ugly I guess it could always play a starring role on a bloggers website but so far I have not discovered one.

a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote