Interesting Pumpkin Facts

I do not know who loves pumpkin spice latte more than me?  I wait for it to come out at the end of each summer. Not only that, I have been adding more and more pumpkin flavored things to my shopping list each year as pumpkin pancake mixed, pumpkin beer, etc. you name it.

Plus, Fall is my favorite season because of Halloween and Thanksgiving, and they are just around the corner, and I thought to myself this is the perfect time to talk about pumpkin. So, I collected some interesting facts about pumpkins and its traditions.

  •  There are controversies about the origin of the name “pumpkin.” Some say it comes from a Greek word “pepon” meaning large melon and others think it comes from a French word “pompon,” and later it evolved to word “pumpkin” in English. But does that matter? We love the taste in either way.
  • Pumpkins come from the gourd family along with other delicious things like cucumber, zucchini, watermelon, squash, cantaloupe, etc.
  • There are thirty varieties of pumpkins.
  • Pumpkins are a fruit, not a vegetable, Are you surprised like me?
  • Pumpkin originated in Central America then the production spread to six continents except for Antarctica.
  • Pumpkin has lots of potassium, vitamin A, and fiber.
  • Six best states to patch a pumpkin are Michigan, Illinois, California, Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania in the United States.
  • Before pumpkin carving tradition, American Indians used pumpkin in stews, soups, and deserts like today.
  • Pumpkin carving was brought to America by Irish immigrants. They did not have pumpkins in Ireland, so they used to carve turnips and potatoes then light them up to keep away evil spirits. If you want to know more, you should click the following link “History of the Jack O’ Lantern.”
  • Did you know that the carved pumpkin supposed to last about two weeks? I did not. Every time I carve one it usually rot within a few days 🙂
  • The largest pumpkin pie made in Ohio on September 25, 2010, and weighed 3,699 pounds.
  • The largest pumpkin in the world grown by Belgium man in Germany last year in October and his giant pumpkin weighed 2,222 pounds.
  • Each pumpkin has around 500 seeds, and its seeds are proven to be the healthiest snacks and mostly used in salads these days.

Planting your pumpkin is fun and optional and if you decide to go for it, here are some useful tips for you.

  • Plant your seeds between the end of May to the middle of June
  • Try to keep your plant under sunlight and water it regularly; soil needs to be moist all time.
  • They usually take 3-4 months to grow so they typically ready to pick in October
  • Don’t forget to save your seeds for the next year.

Have Fun!

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12 COMMENTS

  1. The Momager | 16th Sep 18

    This is really interesting! Love the fun facts! 😊 Thank you for sharing.

  2. Krish | 16th Sep 18

    Lovely article…good information about pumpkin…
    God bless you…

  3. Neil Alvin Nicerio | 16th Sep 18

    Wow! Now I can take a masters in pumpkins. Thanks for the entertaining-good to know things about the pumpkin. 🙂

  4. nancy_ycnan | 17th Sep 18

    Thank you very much for such useful information! I think I will plant some pumpkin myself soon!

  5. Nidhi saraf | 17th Sep 18

    This was such a good read. I have great information about pumpkin now:) Thank you.

  6. Ana | 17th Sep 18

    Yayy it’s almost pumpkin season! Love these fun facts, didn’t know that it originated in Central America 🙂

  7. knurly | 17th Sep 18

    What a perfect way to kick of pumpkin season! I don’t bother carving pumpkins for that reason. Wonder what I’m doing wrong.

  8. allie | 17th Sep 18

    Love pumpkins and I love roasting the seeds! Yayy fall!

  9. Sheena Moncatar | 19th Sep 18

    Pumpkins are a fruit, not a vegetable, Are you surprised like me?

    Yes, I have been eating pumpkins for the longest time and I never ever knew that pumpkins are a fruit and not a vegetable. Love pumpkins though and back in my country pumpkin seeds are quite popular!

  10. Alexine | 21st Sep 18

    It’s so nice to learn more about pumpkin, plus Halloween is almost here. I love to know that Pumpkins are a fruit, not a vegetable, Wow! I didn’t know that.

  11. Alexandra / the happy life formula | 22nd Sep 18

    Pumpkin season is what gets me over my summer sadness! I just made a chili recipe using pumpkin and it was so good. So many ways to use pumpkin and pumpkin spice!

  12. Lutheranliar | 22nd Sep 18

    I loved this post — who knew that pumpkins were a fruit, not a vegetable??? (Well, YOU did, hah!) I am definitely NOT a fan of pumpkin spice anything. But, as my Mom would say, “that means more for YOU!” Enjoy your Fall and your pumpkin carving! And thanks for the fun facts xoxo

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