Picking a pumpkin is something that every child (and adult!) enjoys! It’s the fun side to Halloween right? Even if you don’t go in for the whole ‘spooky’ part of Halloween or the historical/religious element, it’s still fun to carve one up and stick it on the porch. I’ve put together a few tips for choosing your pumpkins this year.
- Big ones and medium ones are best for carving, but if you want to it then they are the most tasty when they are small.
- A heavy but hollow pumpkin is a healthy pumpkin, if it feels dense, soft, wet or sounds sloshy put it back!
- A green pumpkin might look cool but it won’t ripen any further, so bare that in mind if you want an orange display pumpkin!
- There are tonnes of shades of orange and different shapes. We usually have two really big beautiful pumpkins and then eight (yes, eight, I get excited ok?) medium to small ones. I try to choose all different shapes and colours, this year there is a real call for bumpy, mucky green pumpkins – more ghoulish apparently – which Roo thought was ‘amaaazing’!
- Never carry a pumpkin by its stork, it will most likely break. Try to get a pumpkin with a decent stork as they look fab.
- Check your pumpkin for dents, holes, mouldy stork, makes and scuffs. If it has any of these things then it’s not the pick of the bunch. That being said if it has a small scuff or dent and it’s still firm, you can get away with it!
- If you are going pumpkin patch picking, take a wheelbarrow.
- Don’t let your kids lift really big pumpkins – they are as heavy as they look if they are fresh.
- To check if your pumpkin is ‘ripe’ you should push the skin with your thumb. It should by hard, if it gives or is soft, then the pumpkin is overripe. Never do this test on the face of the pumpkin, always the bottom.
So that’s it! Pumpkin picking for Halloween all in one neat little post!
Happy Halloween everyone, enjoy your pumpkins (and pumpkin soup!)