I have a secret to share.
I am in love with everything pumpkin!
From delicious eats…
…to festive decor…
…how could you not hop on the pumpkin band wagon (or Cinderella’s carriage)?
To help celebrate my new-found obsession of gourdy proportion, I thought it’d be fun to share with you some fun pumpkin facts.
Did you know that:
- The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon, which is Greek for “large melon.”
- Speaking of melons…a pumpkin is really a fruit. It is part of the Cucurbita family which also includes squash and cucumbers.
- Pumpkins, like watermelons, are over 90% water.
- Pumpkins are pretty darn tasty (and cooking-friendly). You can nash down on the fleshy pumpkin shell, the seeds (also known as pepitas) the leaves, and even the flowers.
- Pumpkins are also very good for you. They are stock full of Vitamin A, potassium, protein and fiber. A great excuse to have that second slice of pie on Thanksgiving if I do say so myself.
- Despite their stellar nutritional facts, pumpkins were once used to treat snake bites, cure freckles, and the seeds are a shown to help prevent prostate cancer in men.
- Pumpkins are grown all over the world on six of the seven continents, with Antarctica being the sole exception. They are even grown in Alaska. The self-proclaimed “Pumpkin Capital of the World” is Morton, Illinois which is also home to the famous Libby Pumpkin plant.
- It was the Irish who brought the tradition of pumpkin carving to America. The tradition originally started with the carving of turnips but when the Irish immigrated to the states, they found that pumpkins were very plentiful and were much easier to carve. Can you imagine? Jack O’ Lantern turnips? I don’t think so.
- The largest pumpkin ever grown came from Chris Stevens of New Richmond, WI. It weighed in at a whopping 1,810.5 lbs! Wowsas!
- The folks in New Bremen, Ohio sure do know how to bake a pie! They hold the current record for the biggest Pumpkin Pie ever made. It was over 20 ft. in diameter and weighed in at a mere 3,699 lbs. So what does a recipe for a pie of this magnitude look like? Well, all you need is 1,212 lbs of canned pumpkin, 2,796 eggs (233 dozen), 109 gallons of evaporated milk, 525 pounds of sugar, 7 pounds of salt and 14.5 pounds of cinnamon. Easy-peasy.
- There is actually a sport dedicated to pumpkin tossing/hurling. The World Championship Punkin Chunkin, held in Delaware, is the oldest and largest annual competition. The event began in 1986 and featured over 100 teams in 2010. How cool is that?! Sign me up! http://www.punkinchunkin.com/
I don’t know about you, but all of this talk has got me craving pumpkin something fierce! I am off to indulge in a sweet treat and work on my punkin chunkin skills.
Have a great Thursday night guys!