Sunday, 6 May 2018

Wonky Veg'.



Do Wonky Vegetables taste differently to non-Wonky Vegetables?

The obvious answer is no, but I'm sure you could find some 'purists' who would say yes.

My nearby Asparagus-growing neighbour, Madame D, mostly sells perfect bundles of thick white Asparagus, but yesterday she also had a box-full of green allsorts. Seeing as these were considerably cheaper than had they been perfect, I bought 500gms, which we ate for yesterday's lunch.

I'm not too proud to eat a rag-bag selection of wonky spears, in fact I almost get greater pleasure in knowing that they were a bargain.

Bon app├ętit.




33 comments:

  1. One of our supermarket chains has started selling imperfect fruit and vegetables under the name "the odd bunch". They taste just as good as the perfect shaped ones.

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    1. That asparagus looks good even if it is mis-shaped.

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    2. They've started doing that in the UK too. The Asparagus really was a mixed bag, from tiny thin pieces to one or two fat bits; it all tasted great.

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  2. "Wonky" best word ever and I love wonky vegetables !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Much of what I grow is wonky. It all tastes the same.

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  3. A bargain always tastes good.

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    1. You had the Straws; we had the Sparra Grass.

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  4. Tilted and twisted but tender and tasty.
    Greetings Maria x

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  5. English asparagus is just coming in. It is divine.

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    1. This was very good too. I always love it when it first arrives at market.

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  6. There are many who believe there is only perfection in vegetables, no blemish, no dirt, no big, no small.

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    1. Being a veg' grower, I know differently. But to each their taste.

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  7. The only wonky vegetables that I don't buy are potatoes that I can't peel. Given that I rarely eat potatoes (although I use them more when feeding other people) it's hardley a problem. I'd have bought lots of the wonky asparagus and made soup. I love asparagus soup.

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    1. We bake a lot of Potatoes in winter, so I'm not too fussed. If she has more next Saturday, I shall certainly buy more.

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  8. Wasn’t it when we entered the EU that all veg had to be perfect ? Most supermarkets in the U.K. have a ‘wonky’ range of veg now ( one is even called ‘ wonky ‘ ) When I was a child, all veg was wonky and natural and came with half a ton of soil on them ...... they seemed to taste better as well ! Strawberries came in brown paper bags and stained the bag with their juice and I love those misshapen tomatoes that are a mixture of red, orange and green. XXXX

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    1. I'm sure I've recently seen a TV supermarket ad' about 'wonky vegs'. Yes, odd shaped vegs were a normal part of life; no-one worried about them being perfect.

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    2. When did the punnet reach London Jackie?

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  9. Nothing wrong with wonky veg except they take longer to peel because of the bumps and curves.

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  10. Broken biscuits always taste better too.

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    1. And if they're not already broken, give them a tap with a lump hammer.

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  11. I always go for the wonky veg whenever possible. It's usually of a better quality, there is more of it for your pennies, and it tastes so good. I have yet to find wonky asparagus, but bring on the greener stuff as far as I am concerned. A far better flavour. Cro, your posts make me hungry, set two more places please.

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    1. Years ago my next door neighbour grew Asparagus. His wonky ones used to come my way GRATIS. Stupid man gave up growing it; regardless of my pleas.

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  12. We will have local asparagus soon. I can't wait. I go to a farm so they are wonky and delicious.

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    1. Sounds like here. Take advantage.

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  13. I hate the texture of asparagus
    My mother over cooked it

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    1. Cooking it isn't easy (to get it right). This lot above was a real ragbag of shapes and sizes, so even more difficult. I stand over it with a sharp knife, to test it every few seconds.

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    1. You'd have to tie me down at the moment.... More More.

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  15. I don't understand the UK and Europe's obsession with perfection and the difference you all make in your supermarkets.

    I miss the days when you could pick your own strawberries from a box in the supermarket.

    I buy bulk 2pound bags of carrots and parsnips. All shapes and sizes. I've even bought slightly curved English cucumbers.

    The tase isn't affected

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  16. I adore asparagus; that looks delicious, Cro. I wish (for the thousandth time) that I could come to dinner at your house!

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  17. I always expect "wonky" veg to taste better.

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