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Fun Facts About Pumpkins

When you see pumpkins around you know that you have in fact reached fall. Before the pumpkins start showing up at the farm stands and grocery stores though you will find the pumpkin foods and drinks. There use to be a time I only remembered pumpkin pies and pumpkin bread in the store. Now there are pumpkin lattes and pumpkin pie cookies. Here in America we have a bit of an obsession with all things pumpkin come fall. Why not after all? You can cook with them, carve them, and even create a boat with one that is big enough. To help enjoy the pumpkin obsession more we have rounded up some interesting facts about pumpkins.

Pumpkin Facts

California, Illinois, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are the top pumpkin producers in the country

Connecticut field variety is the traditional American pumpkin

It is believed that pumpkins originated in Central America but are now on six continents

Farmers grow 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin each year

The majority of pumpkins grown are for processing

Pumpkins are a fruit and contain potassium and Vitamin A (through beta-carotene)

Cinderella’s pumpkin is of the Rouge Vif d’Estampes variety

They were originally used to make pie crusts, not the filling

90% of a pumpkin is made up of water

Pumpkin originated from “pepon,” The Greek word for large melon

Not only can you eat the flesh and seeds, the flowers are also edible

Carving jack-o-lanterns started in Ireland hundreds of years ago with turnips or potatoes. Irish immigrants started then carving pumpkins in America

Orange isn’t the only color they come in; you can find green, red, white, or yellow pumpkins

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