Imperfect food — why are we obsessed with perfection?

Found this great graphic done by German artist Uli Westphal who noticed what BF and I have been aware of for a quite a while now — all fruits and veggies are starting to look too perfect.

Same size, shape, and colour.

Tomatoes don’t look twisted and weird, they’re too perfectly round and shiny, and everything else looks too identical for it to be a coincidence!

So Westphal created a photo series of “ugly” fruit and veggies, which I actually find quite beautiful.

The more deformed the tomato or eggplant, the more I want to eat it, because it indicates that it was grown with as little intervention as possible, and therefore is as natural as it can get.

Even in China, they pick fruit that looks like it’ll rot for the best flavour.

“I choose the apples that are pock-marked and are slightly bitten up by bugs,” she told me while replacing the apples in my basket. “I figure if the fruit is good enough for the insect, it’s good enough for me.”

In China, she told me, the most perfectly formed, most appetizing piece of fruit is the scariest of them all.

It bothers me that everything looks so uniform and perfect in the grocery stores. It makes me want to grow my own food even more, to preserve what fruits and veggies USED to taste like, before we started growing monster garlic and perfectly round apples.

I’m getting concerned with all these GMO (genetically modified organisms) fruits & veggies hitting the market and ending up in our bellies.

For me, the biggest mistake staring us in the face is the milk.

In Canada and the U.S., I have never tasted a glass of good, wholesome, tasty milk.

I always stick to soy milk as a result because the “milk” here tastes like WATER. Creamy WATER.

In Europe and even in Asia, the milk was AMAZING. It was tasty and more natural than I had ever had milk in my life.

Why? Because they don’t use hormones on the cows to make them produce more, or feed them crap grass to turn a higher profit.

In Europe, there are stringent laws in place to save our food and preserve its integrity.

In Asia, I am told they just can’t afford the drugs to make their cows produce more milk, hence the better taste.

So whenever I come back to Canada, I switch back to soy milk.

What about you? How do you pick your food?

Do you have concerns? Complaints?



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I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.