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Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit Hall of Fame!
What started as a silly way to recognize a WesternGardeners.com major milestone has turned into an annual celebration of the kooky, crazy and oddly delightful vegetables that surprise us when we find them in our gardens.
Since its humble beginnings in 2009, gardeners from around the globe submit pictures of their Weird Veggies for the yearly contest.
I’ve received entries from as far away as Perth, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Sometimes I get pictures long before the contest officially gets underway.
Gardeners share pictures of intertwined carrots, eggplants with noses (and private parts), winking tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables that show off Mother Nature’s sense of humor.
Here are the winners and the best of the rest of the bunch:
2009 The Loch Ness Cucumber, grown by Ron Doyle, Denver, Colo.
2010 Carrot Pants, grown by MJ Blanchette
2011 Love Apple, grown by Carrie Fritz of New Prague, Minn.,
2012, Angel Lime, grown by Jason Wold of Campbell, Calif.
2013 Winner, The Nosiest Eggplant, grown by Ashley Grabb, Boulder, Colorado
2014 Winner, Happy Hugging Carrots, grown by Shannon Price, Lonsdale, Minnesota
2015 winner, Oh yea, I’m hot, grown by Ty Ridenour,
Best of the Rest, runners up from previous contests:
Tomato Grinch, Amy Lambert, Minnesota
The Tight Grip (Parsnip squeezing a beetroot) by Lady Suzanne Levy United Kingdom
Tomato de Bergerac, Rini Georgekutty,
Kingstown, Rhode Island
Plumber’s Crack Tomato grown by Lara Herndon, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Siamese Cucumber by Julie Kurose, Norwalk, Conn.
Rumpkin, Kelly Hines Keller, Berthoud, Colo.
Duel, grown by Rick Eichhorn, of Colorado
Winking Black Krim grown by Connie Sung Moyle
The Claw, Amy Grisak of Great Falls, Mont
Rascally Running Radish, Linda Crago of Ontario, Canada
Sweet Potato Bug grown by David Hawkins
Identical Twins, Angela Doggett Scott, Vestavia Hills, Alabama
Latin Teacher Look Alike, by Alessandra Marcellan Thor
The World’s Ugliest Carrot, by Alison Stoven O’Connor, Windsor, Colo.
Donut Tomato, grown by Kristin Crouch, Canada
Carrot Bum, grown by Laurel Hounslaw, Canada