There are several different kinds of pumpkins.
Some are for cooking, some for carving, and some are just for painting. As far as picking out your Jack-O-Lantern goes, look for one that feels firm and heavy.
Owner of Farmland Adventures Dwain Parsons says, if you turn the pumpkin over and push on the bottom with your thumbs make sure it does not push in, if it does, it’s not fresh. Look for soft spots, mold, wrinkles, or open cuts indicating damage.
Parsons says you can take extra steps once you bring your pumpkin home to make it last longer. He says, “I would mix me a little bleach and water solution – maybe a cup of bleach to a gallon of water. Dump that pumpkin into that solution, it won’t take but just a couple of seconds, and then dry it off. That takes the bacteria that grows on the outside of the pumpkin off.”
“After you carve it, if you take a little vaseline and rub all over the cut-marks, that’ll help hold what moisture there is in the pumpkin,” Parsons adds.
Don’t forget to put your pumpkin on a flat surface to see how it’ll sit after you carve it.
Farmland Adventures is open Thursdays-Sundays. Pumpkins are $0.50 per pound, but the maximum cost is $10.00. You can find more information about their hours at the link below.
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