Back in the 1980s, Richard Tweddell III invented a way to grow vegetables into shapes such as faces, hearts, pop bottles, etc. by using plastic molds. As he wrote: "Just plant regular seeds in your garden, in the usual way. When the young vegetable forms, place it into the two part plastic mold and watch it grow to fill the mold. That's all there is to it."

I don't know why his invention never caught on. If I had a vegetable garden, I'd use them. But perhaps the idea of vegetables shaped like small human heads didn't appeal to enough people.

More info: archived vegiforms website, Tweddell's obituary, vegiform patent

Tweddell with a vegiform

     Posted By: Alex - Tue Dec 12, 2023
     Category: Horticulture and Gardens | Patents | Vegetables

I believe they grow square watermelons in Japan in this fashion!
Posted by Mike on 12/12/23 at 03:55 AM
And Buddha pears.
Posted by eddi on 12/12/23 at 05:33 AM
@Phideaux – Somewhere or another, I saw a different example of what people can come up with using this idea. I suggest you be wary of Internet searching for "vegiforms", as you could easily come across items in a category similar to what you found when searching for "starfish".
Posted by Virtual on 12/12/23 at 12:44 PM
@Virtual -- ROFLMAO! I don't remember ever running across that, but I did have at the back of my mind that it's something for Wikipedia prior to Google.

The date throws me. I clearly remember seeing skull-shaped pumpkins in the 1950s. We could never get one because they were really expensive. We did buy pre-carved ones; apparently they were much cheaper.
Posted by Phideaux on 12/12/23 at 02:45 PM
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