Oddities: Orange Italy

As you might guess, I’m a fan of odd-shaped produce. I’m drawn to ugly fruits and veggies that have more character than perfection. I like to give them a home, because too often they end up being wasted. Besides, it’s taste, not appearance, that matters most.

I usually end up with these items at the farmers’ market or find them in my backyard raised beds. But I recently came across an impressively odd-shaped carrot in a strange place–a store-bought bag.

Might this signal a change in attitudes among major packing companies? Unlikely, but a guy can always hope…And you do see more odd-shaped carrots than other conventional produce.

Meanwhile, after I cut it down a bit–that’s the untouched bottom of the carrot–doesn’t this carrot totally like Italy??

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