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Card #9

Fri, 10/07/2011

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Nutrients: Good source of vitamins A, C, E and beta carotene and potassium

Make Sure it's Fresh: Choose a pumpkin that feels heavy for its size, is firm to the touch and has a solidly attached stem.  Press on bottom with your thumbs.  If it flexes or gives, your pumpkin is not fresh. Check for soft spots or open cuts.  These indicate damage or early spoilage. 

Storage: Store on shelves, cardboard, or hanging in mesh sacks in a dry, cool (50-60 degrees F), dark area.  Do not store directly on concrete.  Properly stored pumpkins will keep a minimum of 3 months and as long as 5-7 months.