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The Word “Pumpkin” Showed Up For The First Time In The Fairy Tale Cinderella.

National Pumpkin Day recognizes a favored autumn decoration and food on October 26th. Not only do they make great fall decorations, but the pumpkin also completes a variety of tasty recipes. Join a pumpkin competition or visit any of the many fall festivals featuring the beautiful gourds.

  • This squash is native to North America. The oldest evidence of pumpkin-related seeds dates back to somewhere between 7000 and 5500 BC to seeds found in Mexico.
  • The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon, which means “large melon” in Greek.
  • The United States produces 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins, with Illinois producing more than any other state.
  • Morton, Illinois, calls itself the “Pumpkin Capital of the World.” Morton is allegedly responsible for 80% of the world’s canned pumpkin production.
  • In 2021, Italian Stefano Cutrupi claimed the title of the world’s largest pumpkin when his gargantuan gourd weighed in at 2703 pounds (1,226 kg). That’s 300 pounds heavier than the 2014 winner from Switzerland. In 2020, Travis Gienger grew the largest pumpkin in North America. The hefty vegetable weighed in at 2,350 pounds. It eeked out the previous winner, a 2,145-pound pumpkin from Streator, Illinois grown by Gene McMullen.
  • Pumpkin may be recommended by veterinarians as a dietary supplement for dogs and cats. Since pumpkin is easy to digest, if your pet is experiencing certain digestive ailments, don’t be surprised if your vet says to give them pumpkin puree.
  • Poultry also benefits from eating raw pumpkin as a supplement to their regular feed during the winter months to help maintain egg production.
  • As a seasonal food, it sure comes at the right time of year. Since it’s packed with vitamin C, it can boost your immune system to fight off those nasty colds, too.
  • Around 80% of the US’ pumpkin crops are available during October.
  • Pumpkins consist of 90% water.
  • Like tomatoes, eggplants, and cucumbers, it’s hard to imagine that pumpkins are fruits.
  • The Halloween tradition of making jack-o’-lanterns traces back to the Celtic celebrations of Scotland and parts of Ireland. Originally, people made jack-o’-lanterns with turnips and mangel beets. When the early settlers arrived in America, they carried the carving traditions but used pumpkins instead because they were abundant and easier to carve.
  • Pumpkins contain edible seeds inside that you can peel like nuts, but other varieties may also have seeds that don’t require peeling. These seeds come packed with protein, fats, and dietary fiber. They’re also rich in vitamins and minerals such as iron, niacin, zinc, and magnesium.
  •  In 1986, the state of Delaware started the annual World Championship Punkin Chunkin (WCPC), held on the first full weekend after Halloween.
  • In 2003, Starbucks started developing the Pumpkin Spice Latte, an iconic seasonal drink usually available in the autumn to winter months.
  • The conventional pumpkin pie we know today did not appear in American cookbooks until the early 1800s.
  • Unlike today, the 1896 Olympics held swimming competitions in the open sea. Competitors had to race toward the shore, while a string of hollowed-out, floating pumpkins served as lane markers.
  • Circleville, Ohio holds the biggest annual festival in the United States dedicated to pumpkins.
  • In the 1980s, Buffalo Bill’s Brewery in Hayward, California sold the first commercially brewed pumpkin ale based on George Washington’s brewing studies.
  • The word “pumpkin” showed up for the first time in the fairy tale Cinderella.
  • There are more than 45 different varieties of pumpkin.
  • Pumpkin was most likely served at the first Thanksgiving feast celebrated by the Pilgrims and the Native Americans in 1621.
  • Early settlers dried pumpkins shells, cut it into strips and wove it into mats.
  • Pumpkins were once considered a remedy for freckles and snakebites.


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