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!
I’ve found many crazy-looking edibles in my garden, but the tomato I named “Casper the Friendly Cyclops” is the most memorable.
This misshapen, but smiling, tomato could be a winner in the WesternGardeners.com annual Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit photo contest.
Every year gardeners send in images of the kookiest produce they pull from their gardens.
The vegetables are certainly entertaining and it’s always fun to guess what went wrong to cause those weird-looking shapes. Some environmental problem is the most common reason behind these oddballs.
In the case of Casper, the weather was exceptionally cold when the tomato plant was starting to set fruit. That’s what caused all those odd shapes on the blossom end of the tomato.
When carrots grow in rocky soil, their roots can form into strange configurations.
If it’s August, it’s time for the WesternGardeners.com Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit contest. I hope you’ll join us for some gardening fun.
For the next month, be on the lookout for any odd-looking fruit or vegetables you find in your garden or at a farmer’s market. And I do mean odd.
I’m talking about a potato that looks like Lady Gaga or an eggplant that grew into a work of art.
When you find a crazy veggie or funny fruit, just take a digital picture of it and email it to email@example.com by September 1.
The Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit photo contest showed off Mother Nature’s–and gardeners’–creativity. Here are two of my home-grown contributions as examples of what happens when vegetables go wild.
I was surprised and delighted to find “Sweet Cheeks” among the yellow ‘pair’ tomato pickin’s one day.
John composed the picture as a piece of art to capture its image forever.
“Rockaby Baby Squash” was also a pleasant surprise. I pulled back the large leaves of my summer squash and saw these twins just waiting to be held.