It is pumpkin-picking season and whether you head to your garden or to the local pumpkin
patch, Burpee’s gardening experts want to help you pick the perfect pumpkin. We have put
together several “spooky” clues on how to identify one that is picture perfect.
Clue #1: When you knock on the shell of your pumpkin, it makes an
eerie hollow sound. The ‘hollow’ sound means the pumpkin is ripe. Ripe pumpkins are easier to
carve. So if you plan to make a jack o’ lantern, listen carefully!
Clue #2: When you place the pumpkin on a flat, even surface, it
mysteriously stays in place despite its round shape. A pumpkin that sits level on its own is
ideal not only for carving but also for display.
Clue #3: The pumpkin has no cracks, holes or soft spots. Whether you
plan to carve your pumpkin, paint it or display it unadorned, you’ll need a great
Clue #4: The stem is still attached to the top of the pumpkin and
when you run your hand on the top of the stem, it’s hard, dry and a bit scratchy. A somewhat
dry, brittle stem means that your pumpkin is healthy and is likely free of disease and mold.
This creepy clue is good news for pumpkin-pickers.
If your pumpkin exhibits all of our “spooky” clues above, chances are you’ve found the
perfect pumpkin to feature in your holiday display. Don’t forget to carry the pumpkin by the
bottom so you don’t risk breaking off the stem.
A carved pumpkin can go downhill rapidly in warm and wet weather conditions, so Burpee
recommends that you carve your pumpkin no earlier than three days prior to Halloween