To make sure your pumpkins last as long as possible, they must be harvested, cured, and stored properly.
A common mistake is to harvest fruit while it's still immature. This will give you fruit that can not be successfully stored, giving you poor quality results.
On the other hand, keep in mind that mature fruit that have been removed from the vine are still alive, so proper curing and storage will slow the rate of respiration, and prolong the storage life of the pumpkin.
To harvest correctly, here is what you do:
Properly cured and stored pumpkins should remain in good condition for 2 to 3 months or longer depending up on the variety.
If you follow the above steps, you will be assured a successful harvest, and you can use your pumpkins any way you want after that!
By Mythi from Silverdale, WA
I was just wondering what/or how do you cook pumpkins? I only know about roasting the seeds, but are there recipes and stuff you can make with fresh pumpkins?
I open the pumpkin and roast the seeds with a variety of spicy flavors- chili pepper, cinnamon & sugar, the sky's the limit. BUT I cut them and simmer them in water until they get real soft and then after they cool, I pull the skin off and puree the rest. Basically that's pumpkin pie filling with no sugar added. Anytime a recipe calls for pumpkin, that's what I use. Most recipes call for 2 cups, so I freeze them in ziplocbags in 2c amounts. Stack them flat for better storage.
My pumpkin was so pretty and it came off the vine when I was turning it after I watered so it would not rot. I took it to my kitchen and placed it on the table for a few days. When I cut into it I noticed that it was green around the edges by the seeds. Why was it green? Was it because it was not ripe or did I not use it fast enough.
thanks for your help.
** I now have two new pumpkins growing and I do not want to make the same errors.
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