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.