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Heirloom tomatoes, grown from seeds saved from the previous year, only look less appetizing than their round and red supermarket cousins, often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises, but are more flavorful.

(A) cousins, often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises, but are
(B) cousins, often green and striped, or with plenty of bumps and bruises, although
(C) cousins, often green and striped, or they have plenty of bumps and bruises, although they are
(D) cousins; they are often green and striped, or with plenty of bumps and bruises, although
(E) cousins; they are often green and striped or have plenty of bumps and bruises, but they are

A, B and C are plain wrong because of their using the past participle modifier green and striped, which can only refer to the noun front but not the distant subject noun Heirlooms.
Between D and E, the thumb rule is that, when although is used at the end of a sentence, it should be used only in a verbed clause and not in a modifier phrase. Therefore, E is the eventual choice.

However, here is a more interesting and twisted version of the same topic appearing in several official editions.
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Although appearing less appetizing than most of their round and red supermarket cousins, heirloom tomatoes, grown from seeds saved during the previous year—they are often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises—heirlooms are more flavorful and thus in increasing demand.

(A) Although appearing less appetizing than most of their round and red supermarket cousins, heirloom tomatoes, grown from seeds saved during the previous year
(B) Although heirloom tomatoes, grown from seeds saved during the previous year, appear less appetizing than most of their round and red supermarket cousins
(C) Although they appear less appetizing than most of their round and red supermarket cousins, heirloom tomatoes, grown from seeds saved during the previous year
(D) Grown from seeds saved during the previous year, heirloom tomatoes appear less appetizing than most of their round and red supermarket cousins
(E) Heirloom tomatoes, grown from seeds saved during the previous year, although they appear less appetizing than most of their round and red supermarket cousins

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Heirloom tomatoes, grown from seeds saved from the previous year, only look less appetizing than their round and red supermarket cousins, often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises, but are more flavorful.


(A) cousins, often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises, but are

(B) cousins, often green and striped, or with plenty of bumps and bruises, although

(C) cousins, often green and striped, or they have plenty of bumps and bruises, although they are

(D) cousins; they are often green and striped, or with plenty of bumps and bruises, although

(E) cousins; they are often green and striped, or have plenty of bumps and bruises, but they are


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This one is quite tricky. Lots of different phrases…
In A there are a lot of problems. The most obvious here is that ‘often green and striped’ refers to the ‘supermarket cousins’ but that is the exact opposite of what the sentence is supposed to mean. This is enough to drop A. B has the exact same issue and looks even messier so lets just take that one out right away. C has less problems but still has the same main issue, so drop it. D does not have the issue and seems largely error-free but its ending reads as ‘although more flavorful’’, which is …awkward and seems to have words missing. This leaves E, which I think is clearly the best option. It does not have the issues present in A, D, and C and its ending makes more sense than D’s. E is right.
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