Weird Veggie & Funny Fruits

Gravenstein Apple wins 2016 Weird Veggie Contest

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How ’bout them apples?!

A double Gravenstein apple put the Funny into the 2016 Weird Veggie & Funny Fruit contest sponsored by WesternGardeners.com.

Rena DeMello of Corvallis, Oregon, grew this apple in the small orchard on her mini-farm. The contest judge thought the picture of her apple still on the tree looked like a “friendly alien” with its two “eyes” and smirky grin.

Rena’s “pear” of apples was likely caused by two ovules that formed on the same flower. Horticultural experts say that cool temperatures while plants are flowering are often the cause of funny-looking fruits like this one.

There were plenty of funny fruits and weird veggie entries in this year’s contest. All the entries celebrated the wonderful oddball produce gardeners find in their gardens around the U.S. and Canada.

Here are the runners-up for 2016:

 

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Second place in the contest goes to Apri Hitchcot, grown by Kathy McGuire of La Grande, Oregon.

Enter the 2016 Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit Contest

Jodi's Heart tomato smallIt’s time for the 2016 edition of the Weird Veggie & Funny Fruit photo contest sponsored by WesternGardeners.com!

Every year since 2009 I’ve given prizes to celebrate the crazy carrots, oddball eggplants and tasteless tomatoes gardeners find growing in their vegetable gardens.

If there’s anything funny growing on in your garden, let’s see it!  Here’s how to enter photos of your perfectly imperfect produce:

  1. The contest begins on August 10 and ends September 10 at 10:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.
  2. Send digital photos (in focus) of your crazy-looking fruit or vegetable to Jodi @ WesternGardeners.com. There’s a limit of 3 images per person.
  3. Give each entry a name and include your city and state; the contest is open to gardeners residing in the U.S.
  4. The winner will be chosen by an experienced, impartial judge. The winner will be notified on September 12.
  5. A gardener’s gift package will be awarded to the contest winner; runners up will receive a smaller token of appreciation.

Hot Pepper is Weird Veggie Winner for 2015

A jalapeno pepper with attitude was the big winner in the 2015 Weird Veggie Contest sponsored by Bonnie Plants.

A great big THANKS goes to all the gardeners who grew vegetable gardens and submitted their weird entries! While many great entries failed to garner enough votes to win the contest, they still deserve special recognition and some will be inducted into the Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit Hall of Fame.

WesternGardeners.com also sends a huge “Thank You” to Bonnie Plants for sponsoring this year’s contest and supplying prizes for the top finishers in this annual vegetable celebration!

Hugging Carrots win 2014 Weird Veggie Contest

Gardeners from the U.S., Canada and the U.K. submitted entries for the 6th Annual Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit Contest.

A pair of overly friendly carrots grown in Lonsdale, Minn., captured the top prize and lasting fame in the annual Weird Veggie Contest. Shannon Price’s entry called “Happy Hugging Carrots” is the winner of this year’s contest.

Our contest judge, Geri Koncilja, spent the weekend mulling over the contestants from the U.S. before deciding on the top three places. Geri has provided her expertise as judge for the Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit Contest since it began in 2009. Here’s what she has to say about the top three finishers:

Happy Hugging Carrots by Shannon Price First Happy Hugging Carrots grown by Shannon Price
Lonsdale, Minn.

“I found this one appealing and a little juicy.”

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