How to pick the perfect pumpkin

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!

15 thoughts on “How to pick the perfect pumpkin

  1. Ah, love that last line. My big mistake this year was not doing a proper check of the pumpkins before N put them in the wheelbarrow. 1 has a little mushy dent so I’m not optimistic about that one. But we’ve 2 others #sharingthebloglove

  2. haha I love just going on instinct and if your child likes it then usually we are happy too Thank you for linking up #ablogginggoodtime

  3. Awww, your last line! It’s so true, I was going to comment along those lines but you beat me to it! We went to Pickwell last Sunday and had a great time. Tomorrow is carving day for us I think! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  4. We’ve been pumpkin picking twice this year, we love it. We are just getting ready to carve ours, we have some stencils and my girls are expecting big things! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  5. #thesatsesh much prefer the last comment – if they love it, stick it in the cart 🙂 Im the nutter that buys dented cans in the supermarket because i feel sorry for them…but rarely can open them 🙂 lol

  6. Hehe cute poem! We never did pumpkin decorating when I was a kid so last year, age 29, I picked a pumpkin for the very first time! Haha. It was great fun. #sharingthebloglove

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