Purposefully heading into Trader Joe's, list in hand. Stopped cold in tracks. Before me, a collection of...melons? squashes? gourds? pumpkins? Ooooh, they were the most delicious, scary, creepy, perfect pumpkins I'd ever seen.
Bumpy. Warty. Pink! Multi-colored. Oddball sizes, shapes. Swoon!
These babies are so ugly-beautiful that I love them. Closer to October 31, I hope to own one of my own.
But how do they do that?
The variety of 'Super Freak' might be Gremlin, might be Knucklehead, might be Goosebumps. Took 10 generations of breeding to get the consistency of warting just right. (If you'd like to grow them yourself, look no further, just click here. )
Beauty is, indeed, in the eye of the beholder, and these knocked me out...the chatter around me was almost of disdain: 'How would you ever carve THAT?' and 'Well, that's disgusting!' So why the appeal for me?
Honestly, I'm not sure, except they are one-of-a-kind, diverse, unusual. They are who they are, as each of us should be who we are. Even if that is a bumpy, warty, pumpkin!
To see what I saw at Joe's, view photo album.