Split pumpkin

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  1. Pauljm

    Pauljm Active Member Premium Member

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    Hi All,
    This is my first attempt at growing pumpkins. The first photo below is one that I think is nearly ready to pick. The skin is pretty hard and I think it is sounding hollow although I am unsure.
    The second photo shows the one that has the split in it. I read this could be from overwatering although I wouldn’t think so as with no rain for the whole month everything is drier than ever (same everywhere I know..) Anyway my question is what do I do with the split one? Have read it may heal itself? Thoughts anyone?
    Cheers,
    Paul
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  2. ClissAT

    ClissAT Valued Member Premium Member GOLD

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    Yes Paul, go into the pumpkin healing business!! Lol

    Just pick it before some critter eats it or lays eggs in it.

    Greenish pumpkin is just as good in many dishes anyway.

    One way to know when a vine fruit is ripe is the stem gets little brown cracks down it.

    Your butternut should be fairly solid inside so a hollow sound isn't a good indicator.
     
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    OskarDoLittle Valued Member Premium Member GOLD

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    Agree ClissAT...when we were in India, we noticed it’s common to use (what we would consider) underripe pumpkin for savoury curries. (Bit like using green papaya...takes on other flavours beautifully without adding too much sweetness.) We’d consider pumpkins “ripe” when the stem browns off.
     
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