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Why are there “ugly” vegetables? 爲什麽會出現“醜樣”的蔬菜?

Every now and then, we see “weird” or “ugly”-looking vegetables from our vendor farms. We asked a farmer from Ping Che Station’s Moon Kee what causes this and more importantly, whether it would affect your consumption of it.
我們的供應商農場不時都會遇到外貌奇怪、“醜樣”的蔬菜。我們最近請教過坪輋站滿記的菜農,了解影響蔬菜外貌的因素,以及應否食用這些蔬菜的問題。

 

1) Why do organic veggies often have holes? 點解有機菜會有窿?

“Organic veggies often have holes because pesticides aren’t used. Some insects eat the leaves, some eat the stalks, and some eat the roots. If the roots are eaten, then the crop would have to be removed. If the stalks are eaten, it can’t be seen until the veggie is cut open. If the leaves are eaten, we catch each of them by hand, or in extreme cases, remove them with a vacuum cleaner. There’s no other way, the only way to save the crop is to constantly tend to them. However, organic veggies with holes are completely safe to eat!”

「有機菜有窿係因為沒有農藥,所以有害蟲,有啲害蟲會食葉,有啲食莖部,有啲食根部。如果食根部的,成棵就會沒有。如果食莖部的,我們肉眼看不到,真係要切開了才知道。如果食葉的,我們就要人手續隻捉,如果太多,真係要用吸塵機吸,因為如果唔理佢,成棵就會沒有了! 不過請放心,有窿的有機菜是完全可以放心食用的!」

 

2) What makes some vegetables grow in weird shapes? 有乜因素會令蔬菜嘅外表生得奇奇怪怪?

“Weird looking veggies are caused by insects eating the stalks or leaves, compromising photosynthesis, distribution of nutrients, and normal plant growth.”
蔬菜外形生得奇奇怪怪就是因為昆蟲食了那些莖部或葉,植物的光合作用做得不全面,而營養都輸送不均勻。」

 

3) Why don’t organic vegetables look as ‘picture-perfect’ as conventionally grown vegetables? Does the appearance influence and taste or nutritional value of the crop? 點解有機菜賣相一般不及常規菜?外表欠佳會唔會影響味道或營養價值?

“Pesticides and chemical fertilizers used in conventionally grown vegetables are designed to enhance the appearance of the crops, that’s why they tend to look ‘better’. Organic vegetables also take longer to grow, which mean they actually have higher nutritional values.”
第一,常規菜可以落農藥控制害蟲和化肥令植物生長得較青綠,賣相就會較好。其實,相比起常規菜,有機菜需要較長時間生長,做光合作用,時間長咗,當然有較高的營養價值。」

 

4) What happens to the “ugly” vegetables that aren’t sold? 太過唔靚仔而又賣唔出嘅菜,農場一般會點樣處理?

“I often donate “ugly” vegetables not wanted by general consumers to elderly homes. Vegetable that really are too “ugly” are used as fertilizer at the farm.”

「唔靚仔的菜,我會捐到蘇屋村給老人家,而真係太唔靚仔,就會用來推肥。」

 

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