How To Tell When Pumpkin Is Ripe?
The best way to tell if a pumpkin is ripe or not is to cut it open and take a look inside. If its skin feels tough and hard, then it’s probably still young. You can’t just eat them! They’re very bitter, so don’t even try! However, if they feel soft and pliable inside, then they are almost ready to eat.
If you have any doubts, then just wait until the day before harvesting. Then pick them up right after they’ve been picked. After all, you want to make sure that your pumpkin is fresh enough to eat.
Once again, don’t eat them too soon though; they’ll be very bitter!
What To Do With A Green Pumpkin?
You can either keep it in the fridge or freeze it for later use. I usually throw them away since they taste bad. But if you really like them, then you could peel off the skin and eat it raw.
How To Pick A Green Pumpkin?
When picking a green pumpkin, firstly try to get one with no blemishes or scars on it. Secondly, try to avoid ones that are wrinkled or bruised. These are signs that they were damaged during transport and storage.
When choosing a pumpkin, choose one that has a smaller diameter than its height. This will ensure that it’s not too dense inside, which is best for Jack O’ Lanterns and other projects where you want to minimize rot.
If the vine (or stem) is still attached when you pick it up, this is a good indicator that it’s ready to carve. Just make sure the pumpkins is free of blemishes before taking it home.
Sources & references used in this article:
Plot to plate: A profusion of pumpkins by T Dalton – Warm Earth, 2013 – search.informit.com.au
Witches, pumpkins, and grinning ghosts: the story of the Halloween symbols by A Goldman – 2004 – Artisan Books
Grow Giant Pumpkins: Storey’s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-187 by E Barth – 2000 – books.google.com
September–December 2011 Diet, Demography, and Disease Final Paper “The Seven Spices: Pumpkins, Puritans, and Pathogens in Colonial New England” by MA Dusablon – 1980 – Storey Publishing