Is your family picking and carving your own Pumpkin this year? If so here are some Top Tips to keep your pumpkin in good shape this Halloween.
We love October as Pumpkins start popping up everywhere. Whether you plan to pop along to your local supermarket to quickly grab a Pumpkin for ease or are planning an adventure to your local Pumpkin Patch to carefully pick your own and hauling it around with pride, we have some top tips for you and your family on how to keep your Pumpkin healthy and get it ready for Halloween.
We all recognise the orange Pumpkin as a symbol of Halloween. The tradition of carving faces into vegetables dates back to the Celts. It was done as a part of their autumnal celebration, for the reason of lighting the way to their homes for the good spirits, so they would carve faces into vegetables such as turnips and squash and we have simply continued this tradition making a Pumpkin Lantern.
If you are making a Pumpkin jack-o'-lantern, then here are our Top Tips on how to prevent it from rotting before Halloween. It all starts with the selecting the Perfect Pumpkin, so here’s some top tips to pick the best of the bunch.
Makes sense that the fresher the pumpkin the more likely it is to last longer than most of the supermarket bought pumpkins, so why not visit your local farmers shop, farms or pumpkin patch near you to pick your own pumpkin. They will have a better selection of good quality, and longer shelf life pumpkins. Click here to find where you can pick your own pumpkin in West Wales, also some autumn or harvest events are likely to be selling some great quality pumpkins
Check for Marks
As a rule, the more blemishes you can see on a pumpkin, the quicker it’s going to go off, so try to pick one with an all over solid orange colour, but be realistic and don't waste too much time trying to find one without any blemishes at all though!
Feel for Soft Spots or Bruises
Give your Pumpkin a Good Squeeze and press into your pumpkin. You care feeling for any soft parts that push in more that the rest of the pumpkin. Soft spots may appear if the pumpkin has been dropped, or just how it has been stacked. The more soft spots or bruises that your pumpkin has will shorten the life of the pumpkin. It’s very similar to when you pick your fresh apples, you'd avoid the bruised ones.
Now you have selected the perfect Pumpkin, it’s time to show it some love and help it stay looking Awesome for as long as you can, so here’s five steps to how to preserve your Pumpkin so it can get through Halloween in Style!: -
That’s it’s your all done and perfectly preserved your pumpkin and made it ready to put on display inside or outside the home. It goes without saying be mindful of where you position your pumpkin especially if you are going to use real candles as you don’t want to have anything close by that could catch alit. We always fine a bunch of cheap glow sticks or battery lights to make your pumpkin glow well and are way safer around the kids.