13 of the Best Ugly Fruits and Vegetables that are Still Perfectly Good
Ugly fruits and vegetables is much more than just an entertaining Instagram account. It’s a call to action.
The misshapen produce featured in each photo needs your help! About one third of the food humans produce globally gets thrown out, often because it doesn’t meet the cosmetic standards people have come to expect from food labels.
Basically, we have two options: eat odd-looking produce, which contains the same nutritional value as normal-looking produce, or throw it out, where it will end up in a landfill, release methane gas upon decomposition and contribute to global warming, which is very unhealthy for all of life on Earth.
Looking different doesn’t mean lesser value. It may appear “ugly” on the outside, but inside it’s not only beautiful, but packed with nutrients that make people healthier.
Eggplant: Eggplants can range in colors like lavender, jade green, orange and yellow-white
Daikon Radish: This member of the radish family has a wide range of health benefits. Whether you pickle the, roast them, or add them in a soup, use the whole vegetable, daikon leaves are just as nutritious as the root.
Jackfruit: Jackfruit is full of nutrients, like protein, potassium and vitamin B and its perennial trees require less maintenance than staple crops like wheat, rice and corn.
Green Pepper: Bell peppers are a great source of vitamins C and E, which make the body better at healing and keep skin, teeth, gums and blood vessels in top shape.
Turmeric: This uber-healthy spice is typically used in curry and rice dishes, but can also be used to make lattes and smoothies.
Kiwi: Kiwis are rich in vitamin K, which helps blood clot and vitamin A, which is good for skin, bones and teeth.
Jalapeno Pepper: Though small, one jalapeno provides about 27% of the daily value of vitamin C. Jalapenos contain lutein and zeaxanthin which protect against harmful wavelengths of light and prevent cataracts.
Potato: A single potato contains 18% of the recommended daily value of potassium which helps lower blood pressure.
Patty pan Squash: Virtually no part of the vegetable goes to waste. Its peel is an excellent source of fiber, and its flowers can be turned into a side dish.
Strawberry: Strawberries are among the most popular fruits on the planet.
Pineapple: Pineapple are excellent sources of vitamin C, manganese and vitamin B, which contributes to healing, bone strength, and energy production.
Carrot: Carrots are one of the most widely used vegetables in the world. Carrots reduce cholesterol, which means they prevent heart disease.
Cucumber: Cucumbers are 95% water, but what’s left is incredibly beneficial to humans, as they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and many types of cancer.
All of these 13 ugly fruits and vegetables deserve a place in your kitchen, and in your stomach.