October 7th—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed.
Pumpkins are native to North America, though the etymology of their name suggests a much more international history. From Greek (pepon) to French (pompon), the British later Anglicized the word (pumpion), and American settlers from Europe finally landed on the current word. No matter their name, Trader Joe's has a thing for pumpkins. We love them in all shapes and sizes; we love them cooked in all kinds of recipes; we love them sitting on a shelf doing absolutely nothing at all; we love roasting their scrumptious seeds; we love their very orangeness. And we really love being able to carve them into jack-o-lanterns. True love.
This love means that Pumpkin Season is a big deal around our stores. You'll notice a good variety of pumpkins when you walk into a Trader Joe's this time of year. Pumpkins in shapes, sizes, and colors that may surprise you, and prices that make Pumpkin Season even more enjoyable. Topping our pumpkin "must" list are the traditional orange pumpkins, the ones you must have when carving time comes. Trader Joe's Orange Pumpkins are good-sized for carving -- crop variation being what it is, they do vary in exact weight.
How to pick a perfect carving pumpkin? It should feel firm and heavy for its size, should be free of soft spots, and its orange color should be pretty uniform. If you're planning to carve, make sure it sits flat before you start -- unless, of course, you want a lopsided jack-o-lantern. We guarantee an excellent selection, and we guarantee a phenomenal price. We're selling Orange Pumpkins for $3.99* each, every day -- until Pumpkin Season rides off into the night with Ichabod Crane.
*Ounces, price and availability may vary by region. Currently Trader Joe's Orange Pumpkins are $3.99 in our East Coast stores, $3.49 in our Midwest and Southeast stores, and $2.99 in our West Coast and Texas stores.