Days at the pumpkin patch aren’t just about collecting a Halloween decoration – they’re about bringing together family to bond and relish in the beautiful fall season. The process of pumpkin-hunting for carving can be as much as fun as finding the perfect one to garnish your doorstep. Either way, here are a few tips for selecting the perfect pumpkin.
1. Go Orange - Traditional pumpkins should completely orange. A little bit of green could mean that something is wrong with the pumpkin and it might not ripen any further.
2. Shape and Size Matter - Round or oval pumpkins are the easiest to carve. Medium and large pumpkins work best for carving and provide the most seeds for roasting. Small pumpkins are better for cooking.
3. Have a Good Handle - Your pumpkin should have a hard, dark green or black stem. The stem also gives your pumpkin character.
4. Stay Away from the Mush - Examine your pumpkin carefully for soft spots. A soft spot can indicate decay or mush on the inside. Your pumpkin should be firm all over.
5. Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder - Choosing a pumpkin with lumps and bumps can add character but a carvable surface is a must. Most say that an oblong shape is better than a round shape for carving. Be sure to select a pumpkin with a flat bottom.
You may not find the perfect pumpkin right out of the gate but in the end, it's all about having fun. The final product, whether carved or not, is sure to add to the memories you'll make this fall and especially Halloween. Happy Hunting!