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How to pick the perfect pumpkin

Look for fruit that are uniform in color, but even a fruit that is 50 percent orange will ripen completely in 1 to 3 weeks, depending on the temperature. More important than color is the hardness of the rind. Make sure the fruit is firm and cannot be pierced easily with your thumbnail.

— Steve Reiners,  professor of horticulture, talks to the Finger Lakes Times about what to look for when choosing a Halloween pumpkin.

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