Ugly Fruits Taste A Whole Lot Sweeter With These 11 Recipes

Think pie, ice cream and more.

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We live in a superficial world. One where even an apple gets rejected if it doesn’t meet our strict standard of beauty. “Ugly” apples taste just as sweet as the beautiful ones, but get turned away from supermarkets for the smallest blemishes. Those apples could have been baked into a pie, made into homemade sauce or tucked into a crumble. It’s a perfectly good piece of fruit that we should be using ― we just have to embrace the beauty of ugly.

Apples aren’t the only fruit that face this kind of rejection ― the same is true for all of our favorite fruits. Luckily, things are slowly starting to change: Walmart has agreed to sell ugly apples in some of its Florida chains. This is a big first step, but not the end.

To help fight against this oppressive ― and wasteful ― standard of perfection, we put together 11 recipes to remind us that cosmetically-challenged fruit tastes just as sweet as “perfect” fruit. Think pies, ice cream, crumbles and so much more.

Pear Cranberry Crisp
Cookie And Kate
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Sugar Roasted Peach Pie Ice Cream
How Sweet It Is
Get the Sugar Roasted Peach Pie Ice Cream recipe from How Sweet It Is
Homemade Applesauce
Alexandra's Kitchen
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Peach And Rosemary Lemonade
Adventures in Cooking
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Pear And Parsnip Soup
Alexandra's Kitchen
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Raspberry Peach Hand Pies
Foodie Crush
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Melon Lemonade Margarita Popsicles
Half Baked Harvest
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Bacon, Pear And Blue Cheese Macaroni
Adventures in Cooking
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Apple Pear Praline Pie
Completely Delicious
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Big Apple Pancake
Alexandra's Kitchen
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Strawberry Acai Smoothie
Half Baked Harvest
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