We've already told you how the Japanese pioneered growing specially shaped watermelons (including square, heart, and Godzilla egg). Now it turns out an organic farmer just north of Los Angeles is doing them one better.
Tony Dighera has figured out a way to grow "Pumpkinsteins."
These pumpkins, which sell for $75 apiece wholesale, are grown in special molds that bear the likeness of Dr. Frankenstein's creation, and are so believable that many people think they have to be made of wax.
This isn't Dighera's first foray into the world of growing specially shaped produce. He's also produced those famous square- and heart-shaped watermelons and even grown ones for Whole Foods that bear the company's logo in the side. All of these are produced through plastic molds and lots of experimentation. (It took him almost $400,000 and playing around with 27 varieties of pumpkin before successfully growing the current version.)
These monster-faced pumpkins, however, turned out to be easier than growing the melons, primarily because they're for decoration only—no one was fussing about their taste.
Although it's too late in the season, you can start planning ahead for next year and try to grow your very own spooky-faced pumpkins. It's an involved process: you'll need to sculpt the faces and then learn how to make your own molds. (They need to be breathable and let enough light in, so it might take you some experimenting, too.) However, you'll have the unique joy of your very own spooky pumpkins that are completely one-of-a-kind.
In the meantime, you might be able to pick up an authentic Pumpkinstein over at Gelson's or Whole Foods, but it could cost you up to $125. Would you spend that much for a specialty pumpkin?