Vegetables, Even the Very Ugly Ones, Taste Good

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyA few years ago (I avoid specifics in time these days), my husband and I started growing easy vegetables (peppers and tomatoes) in pots.

That led to using the flower beds as garden beds, which led to a huge new bed and… Yeah, those first veggies were the gateway…You get the idea.

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyHere are a few things that I’ve learned along the way:

I also learned that vegetables don’t always grow pretty like the ones we see in grocery stores. It’s funny how our perception of veggies is that they’re clean and pretty and shaped just right.

Yeah, well. They don’t grow that way. And they have dirt on them! And bugs. Diana Beebe's Blog, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasy

I’ve seen two-legged carrots, curly okra, alien-baby sweet potatoes, and malformed radishes. In most cases, they still taste good. 🙂

Those farmers go through a lot of trouble to deliver pretty produce to the grocery stores. I think I’ll keep growing my own, wash the dirt off, and serve ’em up.

Would you buy ugly vegetables at the store? Would you use those ugly veggies if you grew them yourself?

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7 comments on… “Vegetables, Even the Very Ugly Ones, Taste Good”

  1. Diana Beebe

    For some reason comments were closed on this post. 🙁 Sorry!

  2. Hello! I like your blog, and your cheery, smiling face!

    I’m glad to hear peppers are easy, we are thinking of growing them this year.

    Supermarkets think that shoppers will not buy misshapen veg and so refuse anything not perfect, and millions of vegetables and fruit are just thrown away every year. Such a waste in a world where not everyone has enough to eat.

    We have eaten organic where possible for years and organic veg is usually not washed, not in plastic, and definitely misshapen! And it tastes wonderful…

    Many types of carrot or raspberry for instance are grown commercially because they pack well, travel well, and do not get attacked by bugs that much – my friend reckons that if a bug doesn’t like it, it won’t taste as good to us either, and I think I agree with her!


    • Diana Beebe

      Hi, Liz! So glad you stopped by! It’s a shame how much produce is wasted because of the way it looks. 🙁

      Plant more than one pepper plant to help with pollination. 🙂 Just make sure they don’t get too dry between watering. Good luck with them!

      Heading over your way now. A to Z has been fun!

  3. Well, I’m not much of a fan of vegetables. I like carrots, although they are technically not vegetables. 🙂 Great post though! You can check out my V post in the link below.

    • Diana Beebe

      LOL. So true. I use the term “vegetable” rather loosely, considering how many things are really roots or fruits. Thanks for stopping by!

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