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10 Adorably ‘ugly’ fruits and veggies you should definitely still eat

Justina Huddleston is an editor and the head writer for TDmonthly Magazine. She has been a freelance writer for several years, though her real passion is cooking. You can see the recipes she creates on her vegan food blog, A Life of Litt...

'Ugly' produce needs love too, and eating it can help eliminate food waste

If you've ever had a garden or shopped at a farmers market, you know there's more to fresh produce than the stick-straight carrots and perfectly round potatoes you get at the grocery store.

But surprisingly, a lot of perfectly edible, oddly shaped (some might even call it ugly) produce never even gets to the store. In fact, almost 26 percent of all produce is thrown away before it makes it to market, largely because it doesn't meet the cosmetic standards of large grocers.

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There are even campaigns to get these stores to start carrying the "ugly" produce, like the #WhatTheFork campaign. And after taking a look at some of these totally adorable "ugly" fruits and veggies, I'm convinced they should be in stores too.

1. I love potatoes

Who doesn't love red potatoes! #SpudHeart Pic by @averyscheuch on IG

A photo posted by The @UglyFruitAndVeg Campaign (@uglyfruitandveg) on

And potatoes love me.

2. Cool as a carrot

This leggy carrot is straight chillaxin'.

3. Crazy fruit

Do you Mr. Pineapple, do you! #WhatThePineapple? #PineapplesGoneWild Pic by @leslielcocinera

A photo posted by The @UglyFruitAndVeg Campaign (@uglyfruitandveg) on

This pineapple has gone wild! Just imagine how many piña coladas you could make with one of these.

4. Red rooster

THE TOMATO ROOSTER grown by @BNFarmersWife #CockADoodleTomato #VeggieBird

A photo posted by The @UglyFruitAndVeg Campaign (@uglyfruitandveg) on

Is it a rooster? A calm duck carrying a peach? Either way, it's pretty adorable.

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5. Quack!

The Rare Duck Squash #QuackVeg #UglySafari Pic from https://t.co/Z5n3kSiyd9

A photo posted by The @UglyFruitAndVeg Campaign (@uglyfruitandveg) on

These yellow squash, craning their necks toward the sun, are clearly ducks in disguise.

6. Along for the ride

The Strawberry Teletubby! #UglyFruitTV Pic from @janetgbfan on Twitter

A photo posted by The @UglyFruitAndVeg Campaign (@uglyfruitandveg) on

To me this looks like a strawberry riding a chubby winged strawberry Pegasus. Aka I would buy it in a second.

7. Astro-carrot

Buzz Lightyear Space Carrot! Permission to come aboard @raleys Sir?! #SellUgly #BuyUgly with @Imperfectfruit

A photo posted by The @UglyFruitAndVeg Campaign (@uglyfruitandveg) on

This astronaut carrot proves that ugly produce can be totally out of this world.

8. Embrace the ugly

Happy World Health Day to you! Take a moment today to embrace your health!

A photo posted by Conscious Box (@consciousbox) on

Like, if this isn't the cutest vegetable-related thing you've ever seen, then I am actually very jealous of you.

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9. Pretty produce

Irregular produce is deemed "ugly," but this crazy heirloom tomato looks like a gorgeous flower to me.

10. Work it out

#CRUDEFOOD Friday edition: stanky legged carrots #happyacrefarm #whatthefork #farmlife

A photo posted by Happy Acre Farm (@happyacrefarm) on

This troupe of carrots looks like it's working on a modern dance routine.

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