Orange is the new blecch.
Warty pumpkins, ugly gourds and carbuncle-covered squash are all the rage as perfectly round, sunset-colored orbs no longer cut it as Halloween decorations.
Buyers proudly post their #wartypumpkin pictures on Instagram, displaying gourds covered in green bumps or brown lumps that resemble tumors.
“Everyone wants the weird stuff,” said Tim Stanton, who runs Stanton’s Feura Farm in upstate Feura Bush, outside Albany, where he has planted 21 varieties of bizarre fall fruit.
One basketball-size gourd is called “red warty thing.”
“There’s another variety we grow, it’s probably not politically correct, but the actual name of it is lunch lady, and it is the ugliest gourd you’ve ever seen in your life,” he said.
Cornell University horticulture professor Stephen Reiners said breeders are creating wild varieties because the public is always on the quest for something different.
“Thirty years ago, we would occasionally see one of the those. Usually it was related to some kind of a plant virus,” Reiners said. “Nobody wanted those.”
Matt Stromberg, 26, an engineer from Manhattan strolling through the Union Square farmer’s market on Friday, was still not sure he would want a warty pumpkin, saying they looked “mutated.”
“It’s definitely scary,” he said.
Sisters Courtney and Jordan Smith of Manhattan could not agree if the warty pumpkins at the Van Houten Farms booth at the market were frightening in a good or bad way.
“It looks like there’s fungus on them,” said Jordan Smith, 22, an NYU student.
But Courtney Smith, 25, a bartender, said the warts made the pumpkins look “very Halloweeny.”
“Because witches have warts,” she said. “It looks like they were just dumped in a cauldron, which I think is cool.”
Melva Rosario of Manhattan has purchased pimply pumpkins for the last several years.
“I think they’re absolutely beautiful,” she said.
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