Baby shaped pears

4 Sep

UPDATE: You can now see a video here!

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Oh this is good, as in strange good.  A Chinese farmer been tinkering with modified pears since 2003, and this year he’s reportedly grown 10,000 edible Buddhas. The effect is achieved through growing pears in confining molds. These are just in time as the UK can once again celebrate wonky shaped fruit and vegetables thanks to the abolition of EU rules on the size and shape of 36 types of fruit and veg. Bring it oooooooooon!

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Of this is nothing new and this pumpkin shaped like a human face was ‘made’ decades ago using a similar technique.  It may be old but I still find it terrifying today!

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And I give you yet more examples of veg fiddling;

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In 1996, Laura Stein examined the line between cultural imposition and natural development;

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45 Responses to “Baby shaped pears”

  1. littleoslo September 5, 2009 at 11:20 pm #

    cool, i saw those little budda pear last week on news, it’s quite funny n it’s not a bad idea to take it from the japanese farmers. we have seen too many watermelon in square, it’s time to get a change!

  2. Diana September 6, 2009 at 6:31 am #

    OMG that is the coolest sheyt ever.

  3. Alok September 7, 2009 at 7:30 am #

    This is a new way to preset our existing fruits and vegetables.

  4. The Guitar God September 7, 2009 at 8:05 am #

    where are the boob shaped melons ? oh wait………

  5. Jenna September 7, 2009 at 4:52 pm #

    This is just another way of manipulating nature for money… but at least its toward inspiration. Most people don’t want to practice toward their buddhahood – they might think eating a pear shaped buddha could do it for them. I feel pears are more beautiful as pears….

  6. André Nakau September 14, 2009 at 8:54 pm #

    Sounds old for us, squared watermellons it´s a tippically japanese designer with some king of utillity, ( logistic and transport aspects) , but BUDDAh???, omfg, i really asked myself twice what what the point i lost, but therés no anwer to that… But anyway, was a masterpiece, and need regrets…

  7. jeff September 19, 2009 at 9:17 am #

    some are taking this too seriously … so some like to grow veg and fruits in shapes .. so what? its creative and artistic

  8. Luki September 23, 2009 at 6:19 am #

    Yeah is great!

  9. Elien September 24, 2009 at 4:56 pm #

    Hello, this is one of the most exciting things I have ever seen. I am a pear collector, you should know (pretty lonley in the world I presume) , and this is really astonishing. A Buddha pear. Marvelous!

  10. Evan September 25, 2009 at 9:57 pm #

    To the person that said “this is one of the most exciting things I have ever seen”:

    Seriously? Please get out more.

  11. memory man October 6, 2009 at 9:36 pm #

    WOW!!!
    i liked baby shaped fruits and will come back to see some more when updated with more photos, first one looks funky!

  12. Isaac October 20, 2009 at 5:07 pm #

    How Funny, Little faces.

  13. David Gillies November 1, 2009 at 11:29 am #

    Koan:

    Does a cuboid watermelon have Buddha nature?

    Mu.

  14. barberblade November 8, 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    <a href"www.barberbutikken.dk"barberblade er det bedste i verden

  15. barberblade November 8, 2009 at 4:04 pm #

    barberblade er det bedste i verden

  16. James Watson February 16, 2010 at 4:03 pm #

    I liked baby shaped fruits and will come back to see some more when updated with more photos, first one looks funky! and I like a watermelon is too great shaped….

  17. Lisa February 19, 2010 at 3:35 am #

    They are so cool, I’d much rather see farmers change their fruit and veg that way than see the scientists genetically modify them. It’s also a good way to get kids to eat healthier.

  18. Elizabeth Murphy March 17, 2010 at 7:14 pm #

    Such a nice pears and I think it’s a totally unbelievable but its true.

  19. Amy - Medela Breast Pump Review October 24, 2010 at 2:52 am #

    Thes are freaking awesome! I though the face shaped pumpkin is the best. I dare not ask what they cost though – mega bucks. I heard the baby shaped pears cost $10 each!

  20. Ye March 20, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    I think you are all taking it the wrong way, don’t you think it’s a bit magical? I mean taking folklore and folktale and reproducing it? I think it’s fascinating.

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