How to Pick the Best Pumpkin

And the Fall season begins….
September 22, 2017
Fall Tips for Homeowners
October 24, 2017
A highlight this time of the year is going out and finding the perfect pumpkin to bring home. You can visit a local pumpkin patch, farmer’s market, produce stand, or even a nearby grocery store. Before you head out to accomplish this daunting and fun task, we want to ensure you have the tips needed to select the best one out there whether it is orange, yellow, green, red, or white.
  • A green stem indicates a freshly picked pumpkin
  • If you are picking it yourself, remember to leave the stem at least six inches long
  • Select a pumpkin that feels heavy for its size and has consistent coloring throughout
  • Your pumpkin should be firm, especially on the bottom. If it is not, pick a fresher one
  • Avoid pumpkins with soft spots, mold, wrinkles, or open cuts
  • Place your pumpkin on a flat surface to check to see if it will sit flat after being carved or placed for decoration
  • Remember, never carry your pumpkin by the stem

Fun Fact: Ever wonder why farmers often leave their crop of pumpkins just laying around in the field? Pumpkins need to cure in the sun for several weeks to harden their rinds and to boost their shelf life.