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Ugly vegetables are a major cause of food waste.

“Ugly” or “wonky” veg were blamed for up to 40 per cent of wasted fruit and vegetables, as produce was discarded for failing to meet retailer appearance standards.

Research in Italy and Germany found that people who grow their own food waste the least. One way to fight food waste at home then – whether for “wonky” fruit and vegetables – may be to replace the farm-to-fork supply chain with a garden-to-plate approach.

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