Friday Squid Blogging: Squid-Shaped Parsnip Wins Ugly Vegetable Competition

Only in the UK.

Posted on November 17, 2006 at 4:04 PM • 8 Comments

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Mick T.November 17, 2006 6:30 PM

It's tough for Squid-Shaped Parsnips in the UK these days, what with coast-to-coast video surveillance, miltary grade RFID's in Passports broken in 4 hours, upcoming mandatory nation-wide ID's, no beverage's on flights, finger-prints needed to hire a car ...

Someday's a Parsnip just shouldn't get out of the ground. ;)

Not trying to make fun of your blog, but the more I read about the UK the less I want to visit.

AnonymousNovember 17, 2006 7:22 PM

@Mick T.

LOL.
Speaking as a UK resident (Land of the Database), your comment resonates strongly with my feelings.

Now a slightly more serious comment. My understanding is that organically grown vegetables tend to be far more irregularly shaped (squidy) than their mass produced fertilised supermarket counterparts. Most supermarkets don't wan't to sell 'ugly' vegetables, regardless of nutrional value, because most buyers are put off by irregularly shaped vegetables.

@Bruce

Sorry for calling squids ugly but, fascinating though they are, I don't thiny they are pretty.

P.S. Is there such a word as 'squidy'?

RogerNovember 17, 2006 9:39 PM

@Anonymous:
> My understanding is that organically grown vegetables tend to be far more irregularly shaped (squidy) than their mass produced fertilised supermarket counterparts.

Squiddliness of vegetables is mainly caused by stones in the soil. That has nothing to do with fertiliser, but how carefully the farmer tills his fields. To a lesser degree, squiddliness is also caused by parasite attack. Of course a misshapen vegetable that is full of carrot fly is unacceptable regardless of how it was grown.

> Most supermarkets don't wan't to sell 'ugly' vegetables, regardless of nutrional value, because most buyers are put off by irregularly shaped vegetables.

Supermarkets are put off odd-shaped vegetables because they have to clean the soil from them before offering them. It is very hard to clean all the crevices of a squiddly vegetable, and thus wastes a lot of water (and time).

Buyers are put off odd-shaped vegetables because they are impossible to peel properly. Not a fatal flaw if they have been thoroughly washed, but see above re washing...

RoxanneNovember 17, 2006 10:46 PM

"Only in the UK..."

No, we have ugly vegetable contests here, too. Or did you mean, making it into the news?

You need to visit more 4H fairs. Or maybe not. :-)

another_bruceNovember 19, 2006 12:47 PM

heck, i'm shaped a little like a squid with two tentacles on top and three down below. do i win some kind of award?

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