Spain’s ‘ugliest tomato’ award, celebrated every year in northern Tudela, has had tomato growers scrambling to find the right product. Dozens of ugly tomatoes competed for the award of this 14th edition, decided by a popular jury. The type of tomato, known as “Ugly tomato of Tudela”, is an old tomato of the Marmande variety that is grown mainly in the Navarre region; some of this variety ends up twisted rather than round and smooth.
The winner of the ugliest tomato is awarded an Iberian ham.
The competition also includes a tasting of the quality and flavor of ‘normal’ tomatoes.
Farmers in Spain compete for the ‘ugliest tomato’ award every year by submitting a tomato of the Marmande variety. ‘We did not grow ugly ones to come to the contest. An ugly lot came out and that was it,’ says a farmer pic.twitter.com/tcWHEW3xSy
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