13 Frankenstein Vegetables

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Fresh from the garden, mutant vegetables that are true freaks of nature
Heirloom tomatoes
Maryse Chevriere

Heirloom tomatoes

Just in time for Halloween, we’ve got some freaky offerings straight from the farm stand. One of the best parts of seasonal fall produce is the seemingly endless variety of gourds, each with their own peculiar bumps and crooks. If they weren’t supposed to look that way, they’d probably be classified as mutants, but in fact, deformed vegetables aren’t as rare as the regular grocery shopper might assume.

Then there are bizarrely colored and shaped heirloom strains of tomatoes and other produce which prove that nature can be twisted… literally. The good news is that these freaky looking foods usually end up tasting quite delicious. (Isn't there the saying, the uglier the heirloom tomato, the better it tastes?) Source these oddball vegetables at a farmers market near you and you'll be guaranteed to scare the bejeezus out of your dinner guests — convincing them to eat it might be the hard part. 

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