"ugly" vegetables- stop food waste
We always had a vegetable garden. As a kid I found it often a bit boring to help my mother- but I loved to pull out carrots, pick strawberries, parsley and other stuff and eat them on the spot.
It took me some time to grow some vegetables successfully in Israel- I was not accustomed to the different growing cycle, the long, hot, dry summers.
Some of the things I grow today are a huge success- others I still find hard- like onions, sweet potatoes, peas. Well, there's always something new to learn.
Today I would like to write about something that is closely related to my love for gardening: Food waste- especially waste of fresh vegetables, fruits or herbs.
I always wondered why products have to be so uniform; Cucumbers need to have a certain length and diameter, apples a certain size and shape etc.
Where are the funny carrots I so much loved to pull out of the ground as a kid? The ones with the two legs? The potatoes with the knobby nose?
What happens to all the non-conform products?
|image taken from the website of "imperfect produce"|
Things start to change slowly. In Switzerland in one of the big supermarket chains you can buy "Ünique" vegetables and fruits- they have non-conform shapes or sizes, cost less and taste good all the same.
I stumbled over two projects in the internet in the last days, quite by coincidence:
"Imperfect Produce" in the USA- immediately fell in love with their googly-eyed-vegetables and fruits (see above image)
"OddBox" from the UK
Both offer home delivery in boxes. I don't know them personally and can't try them- but I love the idea, the ideology behind their projects.
To this day I am not aware of a similar project in Israel, although I do get some unique looking vegetables through my organic vegetable supplier.
If you are familiar with a similar project/ company, let me know!