Deformed fruit and vegetables are just as fresh and healthy as the more appealing ones.

More than 50 million tonnes of fruit and vegetables produced in Europe will never be put up for sale in a supermarket because they do not meet the required standards.

Yet these ugly fruits and vegetables can still be eaten without a single problem. They are just as fresh and healthy as the ones without defects. If they are used to make a compote, smoothie or soup, their appearance is irrelevant since their quality and taste are not affected. The farmer has put in as much effort into an ugly product as into a standardized one. If an apple has a damaged spot, just remove it; no need to be picky.