As a kid I loved going to the pumpkin patch with my family and get my very own pumpkin to carve for Halloween. Like a typical kid I would always go for the biggest one and my dad or brothers would end up carrying it for me. But, don't be deceived by a pumpkins size, their are actually quite a few factors in getting the right gourd.

  1. Choose a pumpkin that feels firm and is heavy for it's size.
  2. Choose a pumpkin that maintains it's color throughout.
  3. Flip the pumpkin over and push on the bottom with your thumb, if it is soft or gives way it's not fresh.
  4. Look for soft spots, mold, cuts or dents that may indicate it has been damaged.
  5. Pull on the stem and make sure it is solid.
  6. A green stem means the pumpkin is freshly harvested.
  7. Place your pumpkin on a flat surface to make sure it will be easy to carve.


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