Some of them are gross and some are pretty cool. But why are they there?
Remy Melina wrote for the Life's Little Mysteries website that the warts do no indicate
some kind of hideously disfiguring disease. She said pumpkins with warts have been genetically engineered to look that way.
According to Roy Pearman, director of sales and marketing for Holland-based Siegers Seed Co., it takes at least 10 generations of cross-breeding to produce a pumpkin that's adequately covered in warts to be sold under the company's Super Freak label. Pearman said his company "puts the genetics together" to create seeds for the bumpy, wart-covered pumpkins and gourds.
"These wart characteristics have always been around, but we're the only ones to have bred them to cover large areas of the pumpkins," Pearman told Life's Little Mysteries.
However, a story on the state of Tennessee website, tn.gov, explains that warts on pumpkins are caused by a virus. They say the virus doesn’t cause any harm to the quality of the fruit — "it’s just a matter of taste whether you think warts on a pumpkin add character or not."
Others say it's caused by a high sugar contact that cracks or erupts the skin.
In her online Kitchen's Lane blog, Nancy Blaggett said "the smooth, unblemished skin that used to be deriguer for aspiring top models is passe. Lumps, bumps and wrinkles are prized for lending character. Warts are in, the more the better!"
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