How do you pick the best pumpkin?

How do you pick the best pumpkin?

 

A 3-year-old cancer patient enjoyed a late round of trick-or-treating after missing Halloween. 

PITTSBURGH — The pumpkin patch is a favorite place for some fall fun for many families. But how do you know if that prized pumpkin you've been peeping is good for carving or cooking?

  • Pay attention to the color. Dark orange means it's prime for picking, as does a dark green stem
  • Make sure it's hollow. Just like a watermelon, a deep, hollow sound means it's a good one.
  • Check the firmness of the pumpkin. Soft spots are a key that your gourd won't last long.
  • Don't ignore wounds. Cuts on the pumpkin mean it will rot raster.
  • If you're using it to bake, go small. Smaller pumpkins are often grown specifically for cooking and the larger ones can have a bitter taste.

Got it? Now get picking, and carving (or baking)!

<p>Halloween is lots of fun, but the season brings a few unseen dangers. Lice infestations tend to jump during October as people try on costumes that may be infested with lice.&nbsp;Photo:&nbsp;Pixabay</p>

Halloween is lots of fun, but the season brings a few unseen dangers. Lice infestations tend to jump during October as people try on costumes that may be infested with lice. Photo: Pixabay

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