A week away tomorrow till Halloween and this is usually the time I start keeping my eyes open for that “perfect pumpkin” but is there really ever that perfect one? The big question is how do you know which one to buy? There are SO many in the bins at the store; I pick and toss the bunch around till I finally think I have the one. Then I realize I could look deeper in the been. “I bet there’s a even better one.” I say to my self.
Long story short I just end up getting flustered and walking away. It’s a bit of a process that would make any one say “JUST PICK ONE ALREADY!”….
What is a perfect pumpkin for you before you buy it? Here are some tips on how to choose the perfect pumpkin . . .if that’s possible.
Check the pumpkins for soft spots and signs of mold. Be sure to check underneath, and press on it with your thumbs. If it gives a little, the pumpkin isn’t fresh.
Pumpkins continue to ripen and will get more orange after they’re picked. Choosing a greenish pumpkin now might be cutting it close to ripen by next Wednesday….but a lighter orange could give you a perfect deep orange one by Halloween.
Look for one that has it’s handle or stem intact; a dark green stem is a sign it was picked recently, compared to a brown stem.
Look for pumpkins with flat walls and no deep ribs; better for carving.
And if at last you think you’ve found the one, set it on a flat surface to be sure it sits upright.