Eating ‘ugly produce’ could cut food waste — and your grocery bill – CBC

A woman with glasses holds up a bunch of misshapen celery.

Our Sr. Produce director Micky Tkac discusses the benefits of eating imperfect produce.

“As long as you can cut out a little blemish, you’re paying half the price for a 95 percent usable product,” said Micky Tkac, senior director of produce for online grocer, which has customers in Calgary, Edmonton and B.C.’s Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and Thompson Okanagan regions.

Tkac started to offer “imperfect produce” alongside’s other groceries in 2016, after being struck by the near-perfect appearance of fruits and vegetables in Canadian supermarkets, which was so different from what he saw growing up in Slovakia.

Companies that offer only imperfect and “surplus” produce say they’ve seen a lot of growth lately amid rising food prices. In fact, some say a key goal is making fresh fruits and vegetables more accessible to all.

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