UK – Odd Shaped Vegetables Get Second Chance In Supermarkets

Source: Wonky fruit and vegetables to return to supermarket shelves

A poor growing season for vegetables is putting more fresh vegetables on supermarket shelf’s. This is a good thing, Miss-shaped and Odd shaped vegetables are once again being seen on supermarket display shelf’s. {Being odd shaped not picture perfect or fruit having some kind of blemish should not cause this other wise healthy, fresh food to be discarded.}

Bent courgettes and wonky potatoes will be sold in supermarkets following one of the worst farming seasons in decades. Sainsbury’s relaxed its rules on the appearance of its fruit and vegetables after harvests were hit by the driest March in nearly six decades, the wettest June ever recorded, and then autumn storms.

Misshapen produce is usually kept off the shelves but the poor weather conditions led the supermarket chain to have a rethink. Judith Batchelar, director of Sainsbury’s food, said: “We’ve taken the decision to radically change our approach to buying British fruit and vegetables as a result of this year’s unseasonal weather. This may mean a bit more mud on peas or strawberries that are a little smaller than usual, but our customers understand and love the idea.”

Environment campaigners welcomed the news. Friends of the Earth land campaigner Vicki Hird said “It’s about time supermarkets woke up to the urgent need to reduce food waste by accepting perfectly good but irregular shaped fruit and vegetables.”

Top vegetables to grow over winter
BROAD BEANS Autumn sowed broad beans. As well as having more time than I do in spring, it stops nutrients leaching through otherwise fallow soil, which allows its structure to deteriorate. They are ready a good month earlier than those sown in April. Good autumn varieties are Aquadulce Claudia (AGM) and Super Aquadulce. Don’t forget, broad bean tops are delicious wilted with butter.

ASPARAGUS Asparagus varieties are now available for autumn planting, which helps them establish that bit quicker. A common perception is that asparagus beds are hard work, in my experience if you get the bed weed-free, as with other perennial vegetables, they take far less work than annual vegetables.

GARLIC Is an easiest crop to grow. Plant the cloves individually to a depth of 2.5 to 3 inches deep on light soils and a lot less deep on heavy soils. The distance should be about 8 to 12 inches apart.

ONIONS, SPRING ONIONS AND SHALLOTS There are quite a few varieties of onions from sets that can go in now. This is the easiest way to grow onions, and they can be harvested earlier on in the year. Electric is a good red set, Radar a good yellow and Shakespeare is a highly reliable white. Sow spring onions now, White Lisbon Winter Hardy is a good one. Many garden centers have shallots available for planting now. Shallots, with their sweet, subtle flavor.

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2 responses to “UK – Odd Shaped Vegetables Get Second Chance In Supermarkets

  1. I try not to buy vegetables from supermarkets but this is indeed good news. I am sure we’d all rather be fed 🙂


  2. This is great news! I hope it keeps up. Really how much food do we throw away in this country before it even gets to market, just because it grew funny? There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just a little homely. If I tossed out every less-than-perfect vegetable I grew this summer, I would have an empty larder. Viva la ugly fruit!


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