This week officially starts Fall, the best time of the year! And with fall comes the time to go pumpkin picking. I am going to share with you some of my best tips to follow for pumpkin picking to get the most out of them.
best tips for pumpkin picking
I am going to share with you some pumpkin picking tips for when you are picking them at the store or if you are at a pumpkin patch. These are tips that I follow every fall when I go shopping for my pumpkins. Going pumpkin picking is definitely at the top of my fall bucket list every year.
how to pick the best pumpkin
TIP #1: Avoid pumpkins that are bruised, soft, or have dark spots. Healthy pumpkins should be firm to touch and have no spots. Once a pumpkin starts to rot, it can spoil really quickly.
TIP #2: You also want to try and find one that has at least an inch or two of stem attached. If the stem is cut too short, this will also allow the pumpkin to dry out faster.
TIP #3: If you are at a pumpkin patch, one thing to look out for and probably the most important is the stem. You want to select a pumpkin where the stem is turning or already brown. It should also have a firm hard feel to the stem. If the stem is still green and soft, the pumpkin is still growing and not ready to be picked.
TIP #4: The perfect pumpkin for cooking is different from the perfect pumpkin for décor or carving. The smaller pumpkins are typically sweeter and better for eating.
TIP #5: If you are planning on displaying on any type of flat surface, make sure the pumpkin has a flat bottom and doesn’t topple over when placed on it’s bottom.
TIP #6: Last but not least there are a few things you can do to extend the life of your pumpkins.
- It helps to add a little oil or wax to the pumpkin shell. This helps to keep it from drying out as fast.
- Be sure to place your pumpkins somewhere that does not see a lot of sun and does not get a lot of rain. A cover porch is the best option. While you can place them in the sun or rain, those two things do speed up the break down of the pumpkin.
- Give it a vinegar bath. You can do this about one to two times per week. Simply mix equal amounts of water and white vinegar into a bucket and give the pumpkin a dip.
I hope this is helpful for you as you go pumpkin picking this year. And that you can use these best tips that I have found that works for me every year!
There won’t be a post next week, we are taking a little family trip and enjoying some family time together. I hope you all have a great week next week and I will see you the following week with Fall House Decorations!!