If you haven’t already picked out a couple of pumpkins either for your yard or for a delicious pumpkin pie, now would be a good time to do it because the season is coming to a close. But what if you’re not sure what type of pumpkin to pick?  No worries- I’ve got you covered with what you need to know to make the right choice.

If you’re looking for a pumpkin to display outside:

The very first thing you want to do is check the pumpkin for any bruises, cuts or soft spots. Any of those will make your pumpkin rot super-fast and then you’ll be sad because you spent a whole bunch of time only to have it cave in or get all icky and smelly.  Make sure the stem is attached and get creative with any interesting features on the pumpkin. Maybe it’s a little knobby in one place or flat in another. You can have a lot of fun decorating your pumpkin around its abnormalities.

If you’re looking for a pumpkin to eat:

As with picking out a display pumpkin, when looking for one to eat, you want to be sure to check the pumpkin for any bruises, cuts or soft spots. Nobody wants to eat a rotting pumpkin.

You’ll also want to be on the lookout for a pumpkin that’s smaller- around 8” to 10” in diameter. Sure, you can use a bigger pumpkin, but it won’t taste as good.  The smaller pumpkin’s meat will be less stringy and goopy. You can almost always find these at the grocery store, but if you’re hitting up a pumpkin stand, be sure to tell them you want a pumpkin to cook so that they can help you pick out the perfect one.