Pumpkins


Did you know?

  • Pumpkins are a member of the gourd family, which includes cucumbers, honeydew melons, cantaloupe, watermelons and zucchini. These plants are native to Central America and Mexico, but now grow on six continents.
  • Pumpkins are low in calories, fat, and sodium and high in fiber. They are good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein, and iron.
  • The original jack-o’-lanterns were made with turnips and potatoes by the Irish.
  • Over 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin are produced each year in the United States.
  • The top pumpkin-producing states are Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and California.
  • The largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 3,699 pounds.
  • Surprisingly, pumpkin pie isn’t America’s favorite.
  • According to a survey by the American Pie Council, it’s apple that takes the cake (um, pie?) — 19% of Americans say it’s their pie of choice. Pumpkin is in second place with a respectable 13%.
  • Each pumpkin has about 500 seeds.
  • Scientifically speaking, pumpkins are a fruit (they contain seeds) but when it comes to cooking, they are often referred to as vegetables.
  • Pumpkin plants feature both male and female flowers, with bees typically being involved in pollination (the transfer of pollen).
  • Pumpkins were once used to get rid of freckles and treat snakebites.
  • Pahl Farms grows over 75 acres of Pumpkins.
  • Pumpkins are 90 percent water.
  • Pumpkins range in size from less than a pound to over 1,000 pounds. The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.

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