I came across some cheap fruit and veg at the local supermarket last week.  Initially, I laughed because the clever marketing caught my attention as it had intended to do, with a fun logo and bubble writing that told the world this was The Odd Bunch.

But as my eyes scanned the rest of the message, I felt my mood drop, these unusually shaped, perfectly edible fruits and vegetables were referred to as ugly.

Perfection is something we often strive for, consciously or unconsciously we all do it because it is promoted and applauded by our society: the perfect body, the perfectly behaved child, the perfectly aligned garden, the perfectly clean house, the list could go on forever.

The problem with this is the angst we cause ourselves and our kids in our desire to be perfect, praised, approved of.

To Be Different Is Good

Once vegetables are mashed no one remembers that they were once disfigured – the odd bunch – ugly fruit – I don’t think it is ugly.  It’s just different and that’s ok.  In fact, I’d go as far as to say each piece is unique! To me, it has taken on a form of its own, broken the mould, one of kind and that is good.  To be different is good.  Often, we stress over our children ‘fitting in’ and I’m sure all mums will admit that at least one of their kids wasn’t in the popular group at some point during their school years – some are upset by this, others rejoice.

Sometimes we see a new baby and our initial reaction is to notice how ugly we think it is.  But this opinion is truly in the eye of the beholder, that mother does not see what you see.

Sometimes the deviation from our vision of perfection is a wonderful surprise – that’s how new recipes are created (when the ideal one failed); that’s how artwork develops; that’s how growth takes place in all areas of our life.

On behalf of all disfigured things that come from Mother Nature, I would like to encourage you to look beyond first impressions.

We are all imperfect and that’s ok!

Share your comments below.

  • Some supermarkets sell odd shaped or broken carrots in fairly big bags as juicing carrots. You may need to use them quickly as occasionally some may go a bit mouldy otherwise and not always be salvageable at all. Some shops or Growers’ markets that sell organic fruit and vegetables will sell odd shaped ones at slightly lower prices


  • I love the odd bunch! They seem to have seasonal produce and its often far cheaper. Some isn’t that weirdly shaped. Where I live fruit and veg is very expensive and no growers market. I wish Coles would take up a similar initiative!

    • We buy fruit and veg in all shapes and sizes and fresh garden produce is delicious.


  • I have a backyard veggie garden so I know all the weird shapes and sizes and colours they come in. Sad they are considered inedible because of their imperfections


  • If you grow your own produce you know too well it doesn’t look as perfect as it does In the stores but that doesn’t mean it lacks flavour.


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