Growing pumpkins is not that difficult in itself. However, it seems much more difficult for most to recognize when a pumpkin is ripe. There are clear signs of this.No green spots? Then the pumpkin is ripe!
Pumpkin plants are currently very popular in many gardens. This is not surprising, because they look good and can be used to conjure up the most delicious dishes. For example the very popular pumpkin soup or the delicious pumpkin bread. But the vegetables also taste very good fried and pickled. Pumpkins can even land on the grill. There are no limits to your imagination when cooking.
It is also not that difficult to grow pumpkins yourself. You don't even need an extra bed for this. After all, pumpkins even thrive on the compost. Just give it a try, even if you don't like to eat pumpkins. Because for Halloween your children will surely want to carve a pumpkin. Then you don't have to buy one extra.
All those who grow pumpkins for consumption are always happy that you can literally watch the pumpkins grow. But when is it actually enough of a good thing? At some point the pumpkin has to be ripe. And that is exactly the problem that many laypeople always face. They just don't know when the pumpkin is ripe. It is so easy to see. There are a few unique features that indicate this.
There are summer and winter gourds
Pumpkins are generally divided into summer and winter pumpkins. The summer pumpkins are harvested very early so that they do not become too fibrous. These are also the types of plants that you can mostly see in the gardens. The winter squash, however, are harvested a little later. Accordingly, the harvesting period extends from late August to late autumn.
This is how you recognize ripe pumpkins
Feature No. 1 - the color:
A pumpkin is always ripe when it has a rich color and there are no green spots left. The shell must also be hard and must not give way under pressure. You do not need to pay attention to dry, light spots. These are only "blemishes". Dark and soft spots, however, tend to rot.
Characteristic No. 2 - the stem:
The stem of a ripe pumpkin is always hard and woody to dry. It should also feel firm. If the stem is already heavily wooded, you can safely harvest the pumpkins.
Important: The stem must not be missing, otherwise the pumpkin will dry out and it can also become rotten.
Characteristic No. 3 - the leaves:
If the leaves of the pumpkin plants die, it is also a sign that the vegetables are ripe. They die because they can no longer feed the fruits.
Feature No. 4 - Do a knock test:
You can also tell whether your pumpkins are ripe by the so-called tap test. Just knock on a pumpkin. Does it sound hollow or does the knock sound muffled? Then the pumpkin is ripe.
Important: Don't harvest too late!
With the onset of frost, the pumpkins' harvest time is over. After that, you should not harvest the pumpkins anymore, because they suffer from the frost.
When all the pumpkins are harvested, it is best to let them ripen at around 20 degrees for two to three weeks. This is the only way the pumpkins are fully ripe and taste best. If you do not want to process the pumpkins straight away, you do not have to because the pumpkins are easy to store.