Wacky fruit and vegetables made a dramatic return to supermarket shelves throughout Europe for the first time in more than 20 years Wednesday, after the European Union scrapped rules governing the size and shape of produce.
Until now, cucumbers could not be legally sold unless they were “practically straight” and bananas were not allowed to have abnormal curvature, according to the regulations.
But curvy carrots, over-sized melons and other strange fruit and vegetables will be back on the menu as the EU strives to cut red tape and reduce waste during the tough economic conditions.
“This is a concrete example of our drive to cut unnecessary red tape. We don't need to regulate this sort of thing at EU level,” Boel Mariann Fischer Boel, commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, said in a press statement.