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Do you have a passion for pumpkins?

Do you have a passion for pumpkins?

Fall is my favorite time of year...the smell of the fallen leaves, the crispness of the air, and of course the plentiful pumpkins! There are just so many things you can do with a pumpkin...my kids love to carve, draw on, or glue sparkly bits all over it to create a beautiful masterpiece. I feast on breads, muffins, pancakes and other yummy baked goods made with this beautiful orange gourd. And, we can't forget toasting the pumpkin seeds...the aroma of garlic oil and spicy black pepper coming from my oven makes my mouth water.

 

So, other than the fact that it is tasty and pretty, what else do you really know about it? Here are a few facts for you to whip out at your Thanksgiving feast to wow your guests!

 

  • The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon, which is Greek for “large melon"
  • The oldest evidence of a pumpkin-related seed dates to between 7000 and 5500 BC and were found in Mexico.
  • Although pumpkins are usually orange they can also be yellow, dark green, pale green, orange-yellow, white, red and gray.
  • Pumpkins are actually fruits, not vegetables
  • Of the seven continents, only Antarctica is unable to produce pumpkins
  • 1.5 billion pounds (680,000,000 kilograms) of pumpkins are produced each year in the US
  • Chris Stevens of New Richmond, Wi., remains the world record holder for the largest pumpkin... 1810.5 pounds!
  • The largest pumpkin pie is 3,699 pounds!
  • Carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns is a popular Halloween tradition that originated hundreds of years ago in Ireland (but they used potatoes and turnips!)
  • The self proclaimed "pumpkin capital" of the world is Morton, Illinois
  • Pumpkin flowers are edible.
  • Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
  • Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.

    Now that you are smart enough to wow your family on Turkey Day with your pumpkin knowledge, are you going to head out to the pumpkin patch and pick a peck of...pumpkins? If you do, what are you planning on doing with them? Are they destined for a pumpkin soup or are you going to let your kids put on Mr. Potato Head parts and let it adorn your dining room table?

 

 

 

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  • hardertobreathe By hardertobreathe
    10.27.11  

    Now that's one big pumpkin pie! I love pumpkins and fall in general. :)

  • K_Leigh By K_Leigh
    10.27.11  

    I love pumpkins! I think they are great to decorate with, and the food that can be made with a pumpkin is the best!! So yummy!

  • dmp515 By dmp515
    11.02.11  

    Pumpkins are definitley a fall favorite of mine. I love all the colors, sizes and textures to decorate with. So many choices to use for Halloween and Thanksgiving. I also like to cook with pumpkin and this past weekend made Pumpkin Walnut pancakes and Pumpkin Cream cheese muffins. Both were delicious. I will be making Pumpkin soup for my daughter in law's Baby Sprinkle. No greater taste to bring the fall inside the home and heart. Favorite fall coffee....Pumpkin Spice of course!!!

  • Kipply By Kipply
    11.02.11  

    I love everything PUMPKIN! Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin yogurt, pumpkin cake, pumkin cream cheese!!

  • Bobbiegirl56 By Bobbiegirl56
    11.03.11  

    My favorite season is Fall because you have Pumpkin Muffins, Pumpkin Spice Coffee, Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Latte's, Pumpkin Candles!

  • lil_angel78 By lil_angel78
    11.10.11  

    I absolutely love fall for all the pumpkins! I could eat pretty much anything with pumpkin lol

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