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Dorset Show Welcomes "Ugly Fruit and Veg"


12:31pm 3rd July 2014

Ugly fruit and vegetables that were once outcast and left unsold on the shop shelves are making a comeback at one of Dorset's favourite summer events.

We all come across an oddly shaped radish and funny coloured pepper from time to time, but too often they're dismissed because of the physical imperfection, but horticulturalists want people to give them a chance saying they're just as delicious to eat.

This year Dorset County Show has a brand new grower’s category in their horticulture competition, the Ugly Fruit Class, in a bid to educate people about misshapen fruit and veg.

The class is open to all types of fruit and veg and can be bought or found, as well as home-grown.

Dorset County Show secretary, Sam Mackenzie Green told us there are no boundaries to the "ugly" class, other than visual non-conformity and the more extreme the better:

"We're looking for the complete antithesis to the fruit and vegetable norm - double heads, knobs and protuberances will not only be most welcome but will also score the points."

"Ugliness' in the context of its definition as 'something not conventionally pretty or attractive', is going to be celebrated, worshipped and adored in this year's horticulture tent, rather than rejected and cast out.' Sam continues.  'Our mission is to persuade our show-going public that misshapen fruit and veg can be just as tasty as the cream of the crop and that beauty, in this instance, should be in the taste buds of the beholder."

The 'Ugly Fruit' class will be an open class, open to all types of fruit and veg and can be shop bought or found, as well as home-grown.

To enter the Ugly Fruit Class, click here.

The Dorset County Show takes place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th September at the Dorchester Show ground in Dorset.  Early bird tickets are available here at £10 per adult and all under 16's go free.

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