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:
Second place in the contest goes to Apri Hitchcot, grown by Kathy McGuire of La Grande, Oregon.
Her apricot with what looks like a prominent nose bears a resemblance to the famous director known for his rotund profile.
Third place goes to the pepper that wanted to be a mushroom, grown by Aaron Watkins of Hueytown, Alabama.
Special recognition, and a place in the Weird Veggie & Funny Fruit Hall of Fame, goes to Edward Carrothands. Ashton King grew this six-fingered purple carrot in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
I think you’ll agree this is one of the craziest carrots to ever get pulled from a vegetable garden!
Thanks to all the gardeners who submitted their weird entries for this year’s contest. It was one of the best in terms of the diversity of fruits and vegetable entries — and the types of environmental conditions that caused their super-silly shapes.
Keep planting and growing! Here’s hoping you’ll find something weird in your vegetable garden next season!