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Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by moopups, Nov 1, 2005.
Got a chance to scarff up on left over pumpkins, how do you tell if they are ripe?
If they are orange, they are ripe. You can be sure the ones in the stores are ripe, I think.
Pumpkin soup is good. Pumpkin bread, too.
Just remember that fresh pumpkin is wetter than canned.
They are green when they are green, and yellowish when they are ripe enough, and orange when they are fully ripe.
Halloween pumpkins tend to be stringy, so I like to run the cooked pumpkin with the liquid the recipe calls for through a blender before I make the pumpkin bread or whatever.
roasted pumpkin seeds are quite good! pumpkin pulp and seeds are also good for pigs and cows(realise you do not have any ) and also chickens in moderation . if nothing else ,enhance the compost pile.
The skin (as in cooked with the skin on) is edible too. More taste, different taste, more nutrition too. Green skin can tend to have an earthy taste in some cases, orange skin is nutty, I like it all. Think about zuccini - they're green squash, although very young. Certainly anything with a yellow or orange colour is ripe, but even green pumpkin can be cooked and eaten. If not by you then by poultry or other livestock (like rabbits).
There are some pumpkins that have orange skin from day one. I would check out the stem. If it is brown and dried up - then the pumpkin is ripe.
I must disagree.Pumpkin soup is NOT GOOD,pumpkin soup is great!