So it’s harvest season, Halloween is just around the corner, and you want to dress as your favorite locally cultivated and sustainable grown vegetable for a costume party. I completely understand! Many heirloom varietals are beautiful and unique as well as delicious.
Fairy Tale eggplant
Fairy Tale eggplants are smaller, sweeter, and tenderer than the big purple oblongs most commonly seen in grocery stores. Fairy Tales are usually two to three inches long when they are ready to eat. They have thin skins and fewer of the bitter alkaloidal seeds, so there is no need to salt and drain them before cooking and eating.
Green Zebra Tomato
Green Zebras are a tart green tomato cultivar, best eaten raw. They are easily identified by their bright green and yellow striated skins.
Sweet corn needs no introduction; it’s grown all over the United States. But individual growers carefully develop and protect their best varieties of sweet corn: check out this tale of corn espionage that reminds me of tulip knavery in the Dutch golden age.
Also known as winter radishes, these unpromising-looking roots have a rough black peel and a fiery white flesh.
These collections were of course inspired by Lookalike Looks, whose collections I enjoy because that’s pretty much how I do Halloween every year, except with thrift store finds rather than couture: rustle up some glamorous or unusual pieces that suggest a thing; accessorize with puns and/or more glam. This year, I’ll be rocking the Fairy Tale Eggplant look, more or less.
If vegetables aren’t your thing, NPR’s The Salt collected a few carnivorous costumes.