Growing up, my vegetables came out of either my paternal or maternal grandparents gardens or other close friends gardens. My fruits came from the trees in the neighborhood and during winter, from the corner market. We didn’t worry if they were funny shapes or considered ugly.
They were all good, fresh eats and didn’t look any different after being cut up for cooking or chomped down whole, to the core.
As I got older and my grandparents stopped having large gardens, we purchased more foods from area grocery stores. They still sold the “ugly” fruits and vegetables though. It wasn’t until the mid 80’s that I started to notice fruits and veggies sold in the stores were more uniform than ever.
Where did all that ugly fruit go? Sadly too much of it went into landfills instead of hungry bellies.
Now Wal-mart, the largest grocery retailer in the US, is bringing ugly fruit and veg back – if you live in Florida or Texas.
In 300 of it’s Florida stores, you’ll be able to buy a brand of weather-dented apples from Washington state called “I’m Perfect”.
Wal-mart has been selling “Spuglies” in more than 400 of it’s Texas stores since late April 2016.
Wal-mart isn’t the only one selling ugly fruits and vegetables. Whole Foods and Giant Eagle are testing it in stores. You’ll find food boxes from places like Hungry Harvest and Imperfect Produce if you’re in the right zip codes. Your local CSA is an almost guaranteed source of healthy, yet misfit produce, just ask them.
Still not sure you want to eat ugly? Here are 10 Reasons to Support Eating Ugly Fruits and Veggies.