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Pumpkin Trivia

Christine Hopkins - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Autumn is upon us and we thought you might enjoy some fun facts about pumpkins.

  1. The word pumpkin comes from the Greek word "pepon," which means large melon. Pumpkins are native to the Americas.
  2. More than 1.3 million pounds of pumpkins were produced in the U.S. in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 
  3. A single pumpkin vine can grow up to 30 feet in length and contains both male and female blossoms. The male blossoms attract bees, which are necessary for pollination of the female blooms.
  4. According to Guinness World Records, the record for the heaviest pumpkin was set in 2010 with a pumpkin that weighed 2,323 pounds. The record for the largest pumpkin pie, also set in 2010, was 3,699 pounds. The record for the fastest carving of a jack-o'-lantern was 16.47 seconds and was set in 2013.
  5. Pumpkin is low in calories (about 80 for 1 cup puree). It's a very good source of fiber, vitamins A and C, and the minerals iron, potassium and manganese. Pumpkin seeds are also a source of omega-3 fatty acids.
  6. Pumpkins that are specifically grown for eating are smaller, sweeter and less watery than the larger, stringy pumpkins sold for carving.
  7. Pumpkin flowers, leaves and seeds are all edible.
  8. Pumpkin is a versatile ingredient. It can be made into a soup, sauce, puree, mash or custard (pie filling). It can be sauteed or roasted. It can be a main ingredient in pancakes, muffins and bread.
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