Carving or Cooking? We’ll Help You Pick The Perfect Pumpkin

By Nicole Irving, Publisher and Editor-In-Chief
Pick The Perfect Pumpkin

Did you know that there are about 45 different varieties of pumpkin? With so many options to choose from, we have narrowed them down into three simple categories to suite your pumpkin needs. Use these guidelines to pick the perfect pumpkin!

Best Pumpkins for Baking

When picking out a pumpkin to bake or cook with, you will want to stay away from those you typically carve for your front porch. Pick ones from the list below that have smooth textured flesh and are sweet and flavorful!

Some types:

Baby Pam, Autumn Gold, Ghost Rider, New England Pie Pumpkin, Lumina, Baby Bear, Dickinson, Spookie

Best Pumpkins to decorate

Looking to be creative this October? Why stick to just one round orange pumpkin to decorate with this fall season. Pick the perfect pumpkin to spice up your fall decor from the list below.

Some types:

Blue Lakota (blue), Cinderella (rouge), Lumina (white), Porcelain Doll Pink Pumpkin (pink), White Pie (ivory), Fairytale (green), Warty Goblin (warty/ orange)

Best Pumpkins to grow in Florida

Why let the big farms have all the fun? Start yourself your own little pumpkin patch with these easy to grow pumpkin types, according to our friends at gardening solutions from UF/IFAS.

Some types:

Howden, Jackpot , Big Max , Big Moon , Jack O’Lantern , Spirit, Funny Face, Seminole pumpkin

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