A quick Google search will yield numerous results for the term ‘ugly fruit and vegetables’. I do not know where or how the description originated but it simply refers to that produce which does not meet the consumer’s expectation of perfection. There is a new wave of consumers who have realised that imperfect shape or non-conforming size do not render produce useless and destined for the waste bin.
While not specifically designated as ‘ugly fruit’ our local fruit and vegetable stall does have less than perfect items available from time to time. You need to be prepared to chop, puree, freeze or preserve the entire quantity as soon as possible as it generally has a limited shelf life. You can turn ‘ugly ducklings’ into ‘beautiful swans’.
Although I always write a shopping list for my shopping, including fruit and vegetables, I am always on the lookout for anything extra that I can use.
About a month ago I found a box of ripe yellow peaches that were most definitely seconds. I decided that I could not go wrong when I noticed they were priced at $5 for the box. I discovered that there were 6kg of peaches and I only needed to discard 2 peaches and removes spots from a couple of others. Some were pureed and frozen to go on my cereal in the future and others being dehydrated while more were set aside in the refrigerator to be used fresh during the following days. My favourite was the 5 jars of peach and chilli chutney made from this recipe.
Yesterday we needed to replenish our supplies after our holidays and I spied another box for $5 at the fruit and vegetable stall. This time it was pineapples. 12 small pineapples for $5 was a bargain not to be passed up. Once again, despite not looking great from the outside, there was only a small portion that I needed to discard.
I did not make anything particularly fancy but I have plenty of pineapple frozen and ready to use. Some is pureed for use on my cereal and the remainder is small slices packed into containers. It is quite easy to remove as much or as little as is required for a particular recipe.
This is the haul (after I had eaten a couple of pieces).
Do you look for seconds or bargains when buying fruit and vegetables? What have you found and how did you process it?