I came across some cheap fruit and veg at the local supermarket last week.  Initially, I laughed because the clever marketing caught my attention as it had intended to do, with a fun logo and bubble writing that told the world this was The Odd Bunch.

But as my eyes scanned the rest of the message, I felt my mood drop, these unusually shaped, perfectly edible fruits and vegetables were referred to as ugly.

Perfection is something we often strive for, consciously or unconsciously we all do it because it is promoted and applauded by our society: the perfect body, the perfectly behaved child, the perfectly aligned garden, the perfectly clean house, the list could go on forever.

The problem with this is the angst we cause ourselves and our kids in our desire to be perfect, praised, approved of.

To Be Different Is Good

Once vegetables are mashed no one remembers that they were once disfigured – the odd bunch – ugly fruit – I don’t think it is ugly.  It’s just different and that’s ok.  In fact, I’d go as far as to say each piece is unique! To me, it has taken on a form of its own, broken the mould, one of kind and that is good.  To be different is good.  Often, we stress over our children ‘fitting in’ and I’m sure all mums will admit that at least one of their kids wasn’t in the popular group at some point during their school years – some are upset by this, others rejoice.

Sometimes we see a new baby and our initial reaction is to notice how ugly we think it is.  But this opinion is truly in the eye of the beholder, that mother does not see what you see.

Sometimes the deviation from our vision of perfection is a wonderful surprise – that’s how new recipes are created (when the ideal one failed); that’s how artwork develops; that’s how growth takes place in all areas of our life.

On behalf of all disfigured things that come from Mother Nature, I would like to encourage you to look beyond first impressions.

We are all imperfect and that’s ok!

Share your comments below.


  • I buy them almost always. another good way to do this is to grow your own fruit and vegetables at home and show children that this is how fruit and vegetables really are, they are nowhere next to perfect

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  • As long as the veggie’s and fruit are fresh ,that’s the main thing!

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  • I buy these. Absolutely nothing wrong with them apart from the looks.

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  • I’ve been buying these for a while, to support these veggies from gong to the landfill. Taste better & the quirky shapes are always a convo starter!

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  • Been around for ages, and most of the odd bunch food is very good.

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  • I always check the odd bunch first when shopping, I love the apples they are usually a great size for little kids, the lemons and limes are roughly half the price of their pretty friends

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  • I’m honestly not bothered by what veggies look like.

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  • Home grown vegetables often look like this and they are delicious.
    I do not judge on appearance rather on other qualities and this applies to all areas of life.

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  • I don’t find them ugly either, and when I am in Wooloworths I always buy the Odd Bunch Carrots

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  • Some supermarkets sell odd shaped or broken carrots in fairly big bags as juicing carrots. You may need to use them quickly as occasionally some may go a bit mouldy otherwise and not always be salvageable at all. Some shops or Growers’ markets that sell organic fruit and vegetables will sell odd shaped ones at slightly lower prices

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  • I love the odd bunch! They seem to have seasonal produce and its often far cheaper. Some isn’t that weirdly shaped. Where I live fruit and veg is very expensive and no growers market. I wish Coles would take up a similar initiative!


    • We buy fruit and veg in all shapes and sizes and fresh garden produce is delicious.

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  • I have a backyard veggie garden so I know all the weird shapes and sizes and colours they come in. Sad they are considered inedible because of their imperfections

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  • If you grow your own produce you know too well it doesn’t look as perfect as it does In the stores but that doesn’t mean it lacks flavour.

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