As Halloween is on the way, here some more very interesting facts you should know
Pumpkins haven’t always been as popular as they are today.
Pumpkin spice lattes may have dominated during autumn season over the last several years, but pumpkin has been on earth for more that 8,000 years. There’s a lot we can do with pumpkins: eating, carving, displaying and decorating.
If earlier it was so little used and known, lately pumpkins went from the bottom to the top of fall food trends. This fruit contributes a lot to the food universe: pumpkins are used to make coffee, yogurt, candies, cocktails, pie,muffins , pasta, bread, soup and the list goes on. This fruit can be baked, posted, steamed or even boiled.
Pumpkins are full of heart and all body healthy source of fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Pumpkin- is it a vegetable or fruit? Well… we bet you didn’t know it. A pumpkin is a fruit. But because it’s savory, many people refer to them as vegetable.
Pumpkins are the stars of October and inseparable part of Halloween. Carved Pumpkins are a Symbol of Halloween. Every October carved pumpkins decorates our homes and doorsteps in a big part of the world.
Learn a range of interesting pumpkin facts from pumpkin seeds to historical information.
We pulled a list of all facts you need to know about fall’s favourite and most crafty food.
Test your family’s knowledge this fall season. Entertain your family and friends with these pumpkin facts and have fun.
Here are TOP 17 PUMPKIN FACTS you probably didn’t know
- The name pumpkin comes from the Greek word ‘pepon’, meaning ‘large melon’.
- Pumpkins were native to Mexico; grown on every continent except for Antarctica.
Pumpkins are native to Mexico, but are grown in 6 out of 7 continents, except Antarctica.Which makes quite a bit of sense since, Antartica is a 24-7 icy tundra.
- Pumpkins are 90% water.
This is no surprise as pumpkins come from the same family as the watermelon and cucumber. This makes them low calorie fruit.
- Pumpkin flowers, leaves and seeds are all edible.
You can eat every single part of a pumpkin: the skin, seeds, leaves, flowers, pulp and even the stem!
- 100 grams of pumpkin produces around 26 calories of energy.
- Pumpkins are a Fruit
Pumpkins are a squash and a member of the gourd family, the same family as melons, cucumbers and zucchini. While technically a fruit, pumpkins are generally treated as a vegetable in most recipes.
- Pumpkin is the largest known fruit in the world
- Pumpkins are usually orange in color, but can also be yellow, white, green or red.
- Each pumpkin has about 500 seeds.
- It takes between 90 -120 days to grow a pumpkin.
- More that 45 different varieties of Pumpkins
While the round orange pumpkin is the most recognisable pumpkin, pumpkins come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. Between the most popular pumpkin varietals include: Hooligan, Cinderella, Cotton Candy, Orange Smoothie and Wee-Be-Little a miniature pumpkin varietal.
- Pumpkins are high in fiber, contain Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein,manganese and iron. Pumpkin seeds are also a source of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Pumpkins are symbol of Halloween
A carved pumpkin illuminated by candles is known as a ‘jack-o-lantern’. The tradition come from Irish, who firstly used turnips and potatoes. But later Irish immigrants brought their customs to America, and found that pumpkins were much easier to carve.
- The word “pumpkin” for the first time appeared in the fairy tale Cinderella
A French explorer in 1584 first called them “gros melons,” which translates into Latin as “pepon,” which means large melon.It wasn’t until the 17th century that they were first referred to as pumpkins.
- The Literary Pumpkin
Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage is the most known one, but pumpkins also appear in Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hallow” and Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives of Windsor.”
- Pumpkins vary in weight but an average sized pumpkin is around 6 kilograms.
- The world largest up to date giant pumpkin weights astounding 1,190.49 kg
German grower Mathia Willemijn brought this pumpkin on October 9, 2016. Congratulations to Mathia!