When it comes to Halloween, everyone wants to have the perfect Halloween pumpkin. It’s not an easy feat- choosing the perfect pumpkin, but knowing something about pumpkins can sometimes make the choice easier. Here are some fun facts about Halloween pumpkins as well as pumpkins in general that will help make the choice a little more simple.
Pumpkins come in orange, white, green and blue. If you have a pattern that you would like to carve into your pumpkin in mind, it makes the choosing more easy. If you are going to create a monster, or a ghost, the decision is a little more obvious as to what color you may be looking for.
When it comes to the size of pumpkins, it depends on how they lay as they grow. Often times, the ones that are long and skinny grow lengthwise so they are more ideal for long faces, trees or other taller designs to be carved into them. Never get a pumpkin that is bigger than you can carry, it is more likely that when the season is over, it will sit on the porch and rot there because you can’t lift it back up. If you can’t carry it on your own, try one a little smaller.
If you are looking at pumpkins for their seeds, the larger the pumpkin, the less seeds there are. This may not look like it at first glance, but the larger or older the pumpkin the more “dead” it is. Meaning that the seeds will not be edible. If you are looking for the guts to make a pumpkin pie, the larger the better as there will be more guts to make more pie.
When inspecting a pumpkin that you are interested in, make sure that there are no mold spots on the pumpkin. If it looks like dirt but doesn’t come off, it is more than likely mold.
Never buy a pumpkin from the store. You have no idea how long they have been sitting there, in a box off of their only life source- the vine. Going to the pumpkin patch will not only be a lot more fun, but will give you a fresher, longer lasting pumpkin.