It has long annoyed me that supermarkets force growers to discard so much fruit and veg just because it doesn’t conform the expected size and shape. I was interested then, to see that Sainsbury’s have relaxed their rules on the appearance of fresh produce this year due to the poor harvest. It seems that we have more misshapen and ugly vegetables this year due to the unusual weather conditions and wet summer so it looks as though in Sainsbury’s at least there will be fruit and veg of all shapes and sizes.
We grow a lot of our own fruit and veg and I must admit that one of the things I like best about it, is the often unusual shaped vegetables that I find. Whilst its encouraging that some supermarkets are relaxing their rules in my opinion this should be common practice. If people want to pay for vegetables that conform to a certain size and shape then perhaps these should be packaged separately, I think I would still prefer the uglier alternative.