Pumpkins are deceiving. The orange gourds look so rough and tough, but they’re actually rather delicate.

The rind is a pumpkin’s only means of protection, agriculture experts say. Once the rind is bruised or pierced, organisms will invade and quickly eat away at the pumpkin. That’s frightening.

Given their fragile nature, pumpkins must be stored properly.

Growers are advised to store pumpkins on wooden pallets in cool, dry places. Pumpkins aren’t supposed to be put on concrete floors, and they’re not supposed to touch each other. The ideal storage temperature is roughly 50 degrees to 60 degrees, with relative humidity at 50 percent to 70 percent.

In this infographic, SpareFoot carves out various facts and figures about our favorite Halloween fruit. (Yes, it’s a fruit).

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Article originally appeared October 20, 2014