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Harvesting and storing Hokkaido pumpkin - important information about timing, technology and storage

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When is the best time to harvest Hokkaido pumpkins and how long can Hokkaido be kept? All answers and tips can be found here.

© Quanthem - Fotolia.com One of the most popular types of pumpkin is the Hokkaido pumpkin. It tastes slightly nutty, reminds a little of chestnuts and has a juicy, low-fiber pulp. In addition to the delicious taste, the Hokkaido pumpkins are also not that big, making them wonderful for small households. You can also eat the skin of the Hokkaido pumpkin, which means less waste.

The best thing is that the pumpkin can be kept for several months. Provided, of course, that it was harvested at the right time and that it was optimally stored. Because there are a few things to consider. If you stick to the tips, you can still enjoy the delicious fruit long after the harvest.

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  • Harvest 1 Hokkaido Pumpkin - when is the best time?
    • 1.1 How to test whether the Hokkaido pumpkin is ripe
  • 2 How to harvest the Hokkaido pumpkin correctly!
  • 3 Store the Hokkaido pumpkin correctly
    • 3.1 Important factors for pumpkin storage
  • 4 Harvesting the Hokkaido pumpkin - all tips at a glance
    • 4.1 When is the Hokkaido pumpkin ready?
    • 4.2 When can I harvest Hokkaido pumpkin?
    • 4.3 How long can a Hokkaido pumpkin be kept?

Harvesting Hokkaido Pumpkin - when is the best time?

Note:

The Hokkaido pumpkin must be harvested before the first frost!

Although the Hokkaido pumpkin flashes through the greenery in August, it starts harvest time mostly first in September and then pulls out until November, But it can also happen that your pumpkin is ripe earlier. That depends on the weather and the time of sowing. It is important that you only harvest the pumpkin when fully ripe.

How to test whether the Hokkaido pumpkin is ripe

Tap the pumpkin very lightly. If there is a hollow sound, you can assume that the Hokkaido pumpkin is ripe and ready to be harvested.

" Important NOTE:
If it is very wet and cold around harvest time, it is advisable to remove the pumpkin when it is not ripe, otherwise it could rot. If you store the pumpkin temporarily warm and dry, it will ripen a little.

How to properly harvest the Hokkaido pumpkin!

For longer shelf life, leave the stem at Hokkaido © Yuliya / stock.adobe.com How you harvest the pumpkin in detail depends on how you use it afterwards.

  1. If you want to store it, you should leave the stem and a few centimeters of the stem on the fruit. If you don't do this, it won't be long before the pumpkin starts to rot. If you cut the fruit off the plant (sharp knife or secateurs), be careful not to damage the fruit.
  2. If you want to process the fruit straight away, it is not so important whether the stem is still there.

Store the Hokkaido pumpkin correctly

It is best to store Hokkaido undamaged © Lioneska / stock.adobe.com Basically, it is possible to store the ripe pumpkin for up to eight weeks. However, this only works with whole fruits that show no damage. If you have to cut the pumpkin, it can remain in the refrigerator for a maximum of four days.

Important factors for pumpkin storage

  • cool location
  • dry location
  • whole fruit better than split fruit

To store the pumpkin for a significantly longer period of time, freezing is recommended. You do not have to cook it in advance, you can simply cut it into portions and put it in the freezer.

Harvesting Hokkaido pumpkin - all tips at a glance

When is the Hokkaido pumpkin ready?

The Hokkaido pumpkin is ripe when you hear a hollow sound when tapping. Further indications of ripeness are that the shell of the Hokkaido can no longer be scratched (fingernail test) and the base of the stem changes from fresh green to woody brown.

When can I harvest Hokkaido pumpkin?

The main harvest time for the Hokkaido pumpkin is between September and November. It is only important that you harvest the Hokkaido before the first frost.

How long does a Hokkaido pumpkin last?

A ripe, undamaged pumpkin can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to eight weeks. Once the Hokkaido pumpkin is cut, it stays in the fridge for up to four days.

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