Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables

Have you noticed that when you go to the supermarket these days that the fruits and vegetables on sale are  as perfect as they can be. The skins are shiny and smooth with no blemishes on them; the carrots and potatoes do not seem to have any unusual shapes. When growing up, my mom had a vegetable garden in which she grew her own vegetables – and I recall seeing many deformed looking carrots that we pulled out of the earth. Where do all these marked and ugly-looking vegetables go? They are thrown away. France has come up with a way to ensure that this food does not go to waste.

I love what they have done – and wish that this could be implemented here in Toronto. In adopting this practice, many families living on the breadline would be able to create more healthy meals for their children thus ensuring that they eat the required fruit and vegetables per day. This programme would also show shoppers that eating imperfect produce is not harmful to their bodies.

Would you eat inglorious fruits and vegetables?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

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34 thoughts on “Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables

    1. In France the inglorious produce is cheaper – and what a pleasure that is for the pocket. I get the feeling that in paying for the perfect product, we are also paying for the food that has been thrown away.

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  1. I’ve eaten a good deal of “inglorious” fruits and vegetables and never suffered any ill effects at all. In fact, they generally have less chemicals added to them than those that are presented as “perfect,” because the ones that “look” perfect generally have been “doctored up” with food coloring and preservatives in order to make them look better.

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  2. I am just about to write about a post about this very subject. Over the weekend we pulled the remaining carrots from our garden and I was amazed at how many people couldn’t be bothered to clean these tiny imperfect vegetables. If you don’t mind I’d like to add the same video to my post. Carol

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  3. That’s a truly wise idea. There is nothing wrong with those ‘deformed’ vegetables. Once they are peeled and chopped, they are as good as the “perfect’ specimen. In these days when a lot of people go hungry, prudence, necessity and kindness dictate that those imperfect vegetables be used.

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    1. I am in total agreement. The end result of cooking with these is the same as with the perfect ones. Another reason why I love the idea of the inglorious soups and meals sold in the French supermarkets.

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  4. Stunning post Colline and I agree. What’s it with this ‘perfect’ thing society have nowadays anyway? Fruit is fruit and the same with veggies – perfect or not. We can still eat it. What a great way to show people how they are wasting indeed. Thanks for sharing hon. 😀

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  5. Great post! Growing up, my parents had a very large garden to feed their large family. We ate a lot of imperfect fruits and vegetables and thought nothing of it. Sometimes some of the misshapen food brought a lot of laughs.

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    1. They do indeed 😀
      I am thinking now how those imperfect fruits and vegetables would make for interesting pieces of art in our classrooms – which could also lead to some interesting discussions 🙂

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  6. Seriously. It all looks the same in my belly. We joined a CSA and regularly get “imperfect” veggies. I think insisting that a carrot only look perfectly “carrot-y” before chopping it to pieces and chewing it into a paste is a bit weird.

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  7. There is a lot to be said for organic home grown vegetables.
    The waxy sheen on the fruit in our supermarkets makes me think of a Barby doll, all waxen and false.
    We actually had some of our deformed carrots today, weird little fellows indicating something is lacking in our soil which needs investigating.
    Emu aka Ian

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