An annual competition to find England’s ugliest looking vegetable has this time bestowed the honor upon a multi-tentacled parsnip that resembles a strange science fiction creature.
This year’s National Trust competition, which required all entries to be grown from seed, received hundreds of entries of various shapes and sizes, ranging from multi-layered tomatoes to twisted carrots.
The trust’s food choices officer, Liz Woodward, said the event demonstrated “a real belief in the benefits of growing your own veg.”
“This competition was designed to show that we shouldn’t judge a vegetable on its looks and we should challenge the image of the cosmetically perfect and well-formed vegetables found in many of our supermarkets,” she said.
The grower of the winning parsnip, Hilary Nellist from Bedford, won an organic vegetable box for a year and advice from a National Trust gardener.