Posted: Nov Sun 02, 2008 4:05 pm Post subject: Pumpkin Care
For those of us finishing up the harvest in our fields....Some info for Pumpkins! So that you will not have loss or rot.
"Pumpkins should be harvested when mature and the rind is hard, but before night temperatures fall below 40 degrees. Don't harvest when the pumpkins are wet or allow them to become wet after harvesting. Any of these things will cause them to rot more quickly. After harvesting, allow the pumpkins to "cure" if possible. This is where they sit for 10 days or so in a temperature around 80 degrees and a high humidity of 80%. This can sometimes be done in the field if it's warm enough, or near a furnace. The pumpkins will last longer if cured first."
I store the smaller ones I don't can or freeze along with my other squashes and can use them then to serve soups and assorted dishes in.
Having a harvest soup tomorrow with some great pumpkin chunks in it! Yum!!!!!!
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