Last weekend we visited Pickwell Farm in Southampton to pick some pumpkins. We had a great morning and I highly recommend you go to your local pumpkin farm too, if you haven’t already. Don’t forget your wellies – you’ll need them!
I’m definitely not a pumpkin picking pro but here are some of my top tips to make sure you find the best pumpkin in the field.
If you want a perfect pumpkin firmness is key.
Avoid soft spots and blemishes or anything that’s mushy.
You’ll want to pick a pumpkin that is a lovely orange hue.
Minor discolouration is OK but brown or green spots and it isn’t the one for you.
Look for a good stem that works as a handle. One that’s strong.
If it’s not hard, dark and easy to pick up then this pumpkin is wrong.
Pay attention to shape. Round or oval are the ones that we rate.
If it sits upright on a flat surface it’ll be easier to decorate.
But most importantly it’s essential to always follow your heart.
Shape and size doesn’t matter if it’s the one your kid insists on putting in the cart.
Happy pumpkin picking everyone!