How to Tell When a Sugar Pumpkin Is Ripe

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The sugar pumpkin, also called the pie pumpkin or the sugar pie pumpkin, is one of the best for baking. Its sweet flesh is the perfect texture for a creamy soup or pie. After nurturing a vine all summer long, you may have several pumpkins nestled in the leaves. Determining whether or not these pumpkins are ripe is easy if you know what to look for.

  • Count the days. If you planted seeds from a commercial seed packet, the days until maturity should be listed on the back. Pumpkins usually mature in about 90 to 100 days depending on their size; so if you know when they started growing, you'll have an idea of when they're mature.

  • Check the color. Sugar pumpkins are ripe when they are solid orange. If all green has faded into orange, you probably have a ripe pumpkin on your hands.

  • Knock on it. Ripe pumpkins will have a hard rind with no soft spots. Give it a few good knocks. If it's hard, it's probably ripe.

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