Choose the best pumpkin for carving this Halloween!
November 12, 2021
One of many traditions is to pick pumpkins for Halloween! Here are 5 tips on how to pick the perfect pumpkin for carving.
Picking a Pumpkin for Carving
Whether you’re visiting the pumpkin patch or perusing the produce section, it’s always fun to find that “perfect” pumpkin. Here are 5 easy tips for selecting a winner!
Look for a pumpkin that has a deep orange color.
Knock on the pumpkin to check that it is hollow (and therefore ripe).
Make sure the bottom of the pumpkin isn’t soft and mushy! Also, the bottom should be flat so it doesn’t roll.
Check that the stem is firm and secure. Never pick a pumpkin up from the stem! It may break, which leads to faster decay.
Avoid bruised pumpkins and look for a smooth surface if you’re carving. It will be much easier!
Harvesting Your Own Pumpkin
Growing your own pumpkins this year? Know how and when to harvest them correctly:
Your best bet is to harvest pumpkins when they are mature. They will keep best this way. Do not pick pumpkins off the vine because they have reached your desired size. If you want small pumpkins, grow a small variety.
If you are harvesting your own pumpkin, harvest on a dry day after the plants have died back and the skins are hard.
To slow decay, leave an inch or two of stem on pumpkins and winter squash when harvesting them.