There's something so "homey" about a bowl full of gorgeous yellow lemons resting on top of a kitchen counter... but I didn't buy a big bag of lemons to simply look pretty in my kitchen... oh, no... I already drink gallons of water throughout the day, but sometime last week, I thought, "why not add slices of lemons to my water bottle?" It's supposed to be good for you, right? I did consider the cost of a lemon, about 35p per gorgeous fruit, but I thought it'd be worth it for the "promised" health benefits.
No, I didn't pay £3.15 (35p x about 9 lemons) for this bag of lemons... no... I paid £1. That's right. £1. Notice what the label says... "Wonky Fruit".... uhh... they sure don't look wonky to me! Perhaps a little smaller than their 30p friends, but boy, what a savings!
This isn't the first time I've bought less-than-perfect produce. Each of the major supermarkets carry perfectly edible and oddly beautiful fruit and veg. Morrisons offers "Wonky Fruit" and "Wonky Veg", like these lemons. Tesco label their "ugly" produce as "Perfectly Imperfect" and Sainsbury's called "Greengrocer Value Selection".
This comes after a campaign to pressure the large supermarket chains to relax their standards on the appearance of fruit and vegetables, which would allow a greater - much greater - amount of produce to be sold in the supermarkets and not to be simply plowed back into the fields as fertilizer. This in turn also helps farmers earn a greater profit on their crop yield. Seems like a win-win situation! Find out more in this article from the Guardian.
You do have to search for the delicious gems a little, but they're there, and they'll save you a small (very small) fortune... but hey! We're finding the pennies, right?!