Tips for Picking the Perfect Pumpkin - National Railroad Museum

October 11, 2018

Tips for Picking the Perfect Pumpkin

It’s time for the Great Pumpkin Train! Here are a few tips on how to pick that perfect Halloween pumpkin.

Make sure it’s Orange

Pumpkins come in a variety of colors. For that perfect pumpkin, look for one with the fewest color imperfections. A pumpkin with a deeper orange is best. While minor discoloration is normal, a pumpkin that has green on it could be mean it is not fully ripe.

Go Round!

Just like the many different colors, pumpkins come in lots of varying shapes and sizes. Look for a pumpkin that is round or oval. They are usually easier to carve.

Inspect the Stem

A good pumpkin will have a brown or dark green stem. When inspecting your pumpkin, pick it up by the stem, if it bends, put it back. You want a pumpkin with a strong stem, as pumpkins without one won’t last as long.

Give it a Squeeze

Press into the flesh of the pumpkin with your fingertips to check for any mushy or soft spots. When you squeeze a pumpkin, it should feel firm. Even if the color is perfect, a soft spot on the pumpkin means that it is starting to spoil.

Flat Bottoms are Best

A flat bottom will keep your pumpkin standing upright, making it easier to carve as well as keep it from rolling away when you put it on display.

There should be lots of options for you to choose from at the Great Pumpkin Train. Volunteers were hard at work setting up the pumpkin patch for you and your family to pick your perfect Halloween pumpkin.

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