Facts about pumpkins
Pumpkins are in season during October and November. This is the best time to get a fresh pumpkin! If you are not into going pumpkin picking, go shopping at the local Farmers Market. Chances are you will find the perfect pumpkin there.
When picking a pumpkin, choose one that is completely orange…free of any green spots and bruises. If a pumpkin has green spots, it may be an indicator that it is not completely ripe.
Wash your pumpkin before slicing into it. By doing this, you will wash away excess chemicals and germs. It is always best to find a farm or place that sells organically grown pumpkins. No harmful chemicals were used while growing this type of squash.
After slicing the pumpkin into two halves, scoop out off of the pulp (strings) and seeds. Place the seeds into a bowl to bake up later.
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There are certain pumpkins that are grown just for baking. Although, I have tried several different varieties, including the white pumpkins and I have found that I love them all for baking and making into pies!
To find pumpkins in Raleigh, NC, try: The Raleigh Farmers Market