Quirky fruits and veggies that are too weird to eat

They aren’t your average produce but they sure make perfect candidates for a unique fruit basket

Quirky fruits and veggies that are too weird to eat
Quirky fruits and veggies that are too weird to eat
25 May 2015

Quirky fruits and veggies that are too weird to eat

Last week, watermelons in a variety of shapes - there were square, triangular and even heart-shaped ones - were spotted on sale in a Jiangsu market. To get their unusual shape, the fruits were reportedly placed in moulds for about two weeks before they hit their most rapid phase of growth. Ten days later, they were ready to hit the shelves.

Too weird or too cute? Here are more odd-shaped fruits and vegetables that we think are too bizarre to eat.
 

Baby-faced pears
Baby-faced pears
25 May 2015

Baby-faced pears

These are too creepy for words. Sold in Beijing supermarkets as “auspicious doll pears”, these pears look anything but. In fact, they look like a child of the devil and we can’t imagine anyone would be keen to take a bite out of something that looks like a foetus.

Pentagon-shaped oranges
Pentagon-shaped oranges
25 May 2015

Pentagon-shaped oranges

These pentagon-shaped iyokan, a Japanese citrus fruit similar to an orange or mandarin, are produced in the Ehime Prefecture. Created as a good luck charm for students, these citrus fruits are supposed to help them pass their exams. Can we get a carton of these please?

Cheeky peaches
Cheeky peaches
25 May 2015

Cheeky peaches

We’ll never look at peaches the same way again. These lingerie-clad peaches from Wuxi were created for Chinese Valentine’s Day last year. Though we don’t like the idea of one of our favourite fruits being sexualised, you got to admit they look pretty cute in undies. Thankfully, no one stuffed those “round bottoms” in thongs.

Chairman Mao gourds
Chairman Mao gourds
25 May 2015

Chairman Mao gourds

If you think these are jade statues, think again. The idea for Chairman Mao-shaped gourds started when a Chinese man met a monk who told him about his dream about a gourd in the shape of a famous deity. Inspired, the man began creating artistic gourds and the rest, as they say, is history. In addition to the Chinese leader, the organic gourds also come in a variety of shapes and “personalities” such as Jesus, God of Fortune and Santa Claus.

Square tomatoes
Square tomatoes
25 May 2015

Square tomatoes

We’re surprised that square tomatoes have not become a thing. They are cute, totally practical (perfect for making sandwiches!) and best of all, easy to grow – just put the vegetable in a box when it’s growing and voila, cubic tomatoes!

Buzz Lightyear carrot
Buzz Lightyear carrot
25 May 2015

Buzz Lightyear carrot


Unlike the other fruits and veggies which were force grown in moulds, this carrot that resembles Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear just naturally mutated on its own. Pulled out from the garden by a British granddad, the carrot’s “limbs” were probably caused by inconsistent soil fertilization.

Eggplant with a face
Eggplant with a face
25 May 2015

Eggplant with a face

Not only does this eggplant have a face, it looks melancholic, as though it is begging for us not to eat it.

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