What are Warties?

Warts are skin diseases caused by fungi. They may appear anywhere on your body, but most commonly affect the face, ears and feet. These warts are often mistaken for small bumps or pimples. However, they aren’t bumps at all; they’re wartlike growths made up of tiny hair follicles (papules) that have grown together into one mass.

The papules themselves are harmless, but when these follicles come in contact with other skin cells, it causes a reaction called fungal infection. In some cases, the fungus can spread through the skin to cause cancerous growths (warts).

How Do Warts Spread?

Warts are usually transmitted from person to person via direct contact. Other times warts may be passed from one infected individual to another through contaminated clothing or surfaces such as towels and bed sheets. If you’ve been exposed to warts on someone else’s skin, there is no need to worry – just wash your hands thoroughly after touching another person.

Can You Get Warts From Eating Pumpkins?

Yes! Warts are found almost exclusively on the faces of pumpkins. Even if you don’t eat any pumpkins, you could still get them from handling the fruits or picking them out of their shells. When it comes to warts, hands are definitely the most dangerous vector (or route) of transmission.

It is for this reason that continued hand-washing is necessary after touching pumpkins. You don’t want to get warts on your face. Warts may also spread via contaminated clothing or other materials if you do not wash up immediately after touching a wart.

What are Green Pumpkin Seeds and How Can They Give You Warts?

Poison ivy, oak and sumac are common causes of a skin rash called contact dermatitis. In rare instances, you may develop warts after coming into contact with these plants.

If you’re prone to developing warts or moles as a result of plant exposure, it’s probably not the best idea to grow pumpkins in your own backyard. However, if you’re careful in handling the seeds before planting them, you should be able to grow pumpkins without incident.

What are Knuckle Head Pumpkins?

In addition to warts, you may also come into contact with other types of pumpkins that feature bumps or lumps on their surface. These small bumps are a good indication that what lies beneath is not a good tasting gourd.

While these bumps or knuckles on pumpkins may not resemble the warts that you put ointment on, they are still a type of growth that should be cut off before cooking.

What are Other Names for Warty Pumpkins?

There are many other types of pumpkins aside from warts and knuckles. There are also some terms that you will want to know when it comes to the different classes of pumpkins.

Pumpkin Sphincters

Although the name may sound vulgar, these pumpkins are neither good for eating nor carving. In fact, long strips of pumpkin flesh look like sausages protrude from knobby rinds and give the appearance that a pumpkin is bleeding profusely from its orifices.

Pumpkin Boobs

This is another example of an undesirable pumpkin. Some of the flesh may be devoured, but the rest of it becomes very stringy and useless as it cooks. It’s best to throw away your Pumpkin Boobs before you carve them.

What Do You Do With Pumpkins with Warts?

Warty pumpkins are usually ruined due to rotting before they can make it to market. It can be difficult to get rid of them as people tend to shy away from pumpkins with warts on them. If your warty pumpkins aren’t good for eating or carving, you could give them away free to anyone willing to take them off your hands.

If you grow warty pumpkins on your own property and have no use for them, just throw them away! Many gardeners have to do this on an annual basis.

Are All Warts on Pumpkins Bad?

While the majority of warty pumpkins are not fit for consumption, some are actually quite tasty! It is up to you whether or not you cut the warts off before eating. Some warts may contain bacteria or viruses, so you should dispose of them in the trash rather than your compost pile.

Sources & references used in this article:

Pumpkin hybrid pxt 13067440 iii by WC Johnson – US Patent App. 13/038,338, 2012 – Google Patents

Bitter melon in Australia by MH Hill – 2017 – Candlewick Press

Rhyme Stones by B Park – 2004 – Random House Books for Young …

Traditional and molecular approaches to zucchini yellow mosaic virus resistance in Cucurbita by W Morgan, D Midmore – A report for the Rural Industries, 2002 – researchgate.net

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