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.

Weird Veggie & Funny Fruit Gardening Contest

If it’s August, it’s time for the 4th Annual WesternGardeners.com Weird Veggie & Funny Fruit gardening contest.

If you have a heart shaped like a raspberry, call your doctor immediately!

But if you have a raspberry shaped like a heart, enter it in the 4th annual Weird Veggie & Funny Fruit Contest.

Once again, I’m calling on gardeners across the country to submit their digital photos of crazy carrots, wacky watermelons and odd-ball eggplants.

I started this kooky contest in 2009 to celebrate writing my 100th blog post. Well, that was quite a few blog posts ago, but the contest is still going strong.

In fact, I started hearing from gardeners early in the year asking about it.

Last year’s winner was Love Apple grown by Carrie Fritz; Amy Lambert’s Tomato Grinch was a close second.

The contest rules are simple:

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