Not so many years ago it seems we only had orange pumpkins but now pumpkins of all colors arrive at the local produce stands and farmers markets.
Here are so interesting fun facts about the pumpkin.
- Pumpkins originated in Central America.
- The name pumpkin originated from "pepon", the Greek word for "large melon."
- Pumpkins are good sources of potassium and Vitamin A.
- Pumpkins are a member of the Cucurbita family which includes squash and cucumbers.
- Six of the seven continents can grow pumpkins. Antarctica is the only continent that they won't grow in. Pumpkins even grow in Alaska.
- Pumpkin flowers are edible.
- Pumpkins are used to make soups, pies and breads.
- Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.
- The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.
- Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
- The largest "official" pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,340 pounds.
- The Connecticut field variety is the traditional American pumpkin.
- In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
- Colonists sliced off pumpkin tips; removed seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. This was baked in hot ashes and is thought to be the origin of pumpkin pie.
- Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made mats.
- Native Americans called pumpkins "isqoutm."
- Native Americans used pumpkin seeds for food and medicine.