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I am looking for information on when pumkins are ripe.

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Pumpkins are in the squash family and are known as winter squash.  Winter
squashes typically can be stored through the winter whereas zucchini is a
summer squash that needs to be used soon after harvest.

I am sending you the link to Utah State University publication on Summer and
Winter Squash
http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/factsheet/HG_2004-09.pdf

The pumpkins are ripe and mature when fruits are fully colored, when vines
begin to die back, and when the rind is hard and impervious to scratching
from a fingernail. Mature fruits should be harvested with the stem attached
and stored in cool (50-55ºF), dry conditions.

Posted on 11 Sep 2007

Maggie Shao
Horticulture Agent, Salt Lake County

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