How to Pick the Perfect Pumpkin for Pumpkin Pie

Fall is a season of crisper air, fall leaves, and lots of pumpkin. That’s a good thing too, because pumpkin is full of vitamin A and beta carotene! The effort of choosing the perfect pumpkin is generally centered on the perfect carving pumpkin or the perfect decorating pumpkin, but I say we give finding the perfect pumpkin pie pumpkin a chance! Here is our how-to for you:

Tip 1: Buy pumpkins grown for baking! These are actually very different from the pumpkins you have grown up carving and are often called a pie pumpkin or sweet pumpkin. Baking pumpkins are smaller, less watery, and sweeter. You’ll be much happier with your final pie if you follow this tip!

Tip 2: Know how many pumpkins to buy! As a pumpkin pie pumpkin picker novice, it can be hard to figure out how many pumpkins to buy when recipes generally specify how much pumpkin in cups.  We have got you covered; buy one pound of pumpkin for every one cup of puree needed.

Tip 3: Bruises are bad! Soft spots are not so great either. Make sure to check for any bruises and soft spots before you buy. No one wants to have to go back to buy another pumpkin when half of the pumpkins are cut and ready to be roasted in the oven!

You are now a pumpkin pie picking expert, and I have full confidence in you to succeed in picking the very best of the pumpkin pie pumpkins this fall. While it does take more time to make a pumpkin pie with fresh pumpkin, I promise you it is more satisfying and definitely an experience you should try at least once.

As you go off to make your pumpkin pie, remember three more things. One, you can make pumpkin pie healthier with a few substitutions such as removing ⅓ of the sugar. Two, it is a good idea to indulge and treat yourself occasionally. Three, make sure that you save the seeds to roast later! You can add spices to them before you roast them and you’ll be enjoying a great source of magnesium, zinc, and omega-3 fat.

Good luck with your pumpkin pie pumpkin picking

References:

http://www.thekitchn.com/the-best-pumpkins-for-baking-ingredient-intelligence-211333

https://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/pumpkins-0

http://extension.msstate.edu/sites/default/files/publications/information-sheets/is1885.pdf

http://extension.illinois.edu/pumpkins/selection.cfm

https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/9-health-benefits-pumpkin-seeds