facts about pumpkin

1. Pumpkin seeds can be roasted as a snack.
2. Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A.
3. Pumpkins are used for feed for animals.
4. Pumpkin flowers are edible.
5. Pumpkins are used to make soups, pies and breads.
6. The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet
in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80
pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen
eggs and took six hours to bake.
7. Pumpkins are members of the vine crops family called
cucurbits.
8. Pumpkins originated in Central America.
9. In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an
ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
10. Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles
and curing snake bites.
11. Pumpkins range in size from less than a pound to over
1,000 pounds.
12. The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.
The name pumpkin orginated from "pepon" the Greek
word for "large melon."
13. The Connecticut field variety is the traditional
American pumpkin.
14. Pumpkins are 90 percent water.
15. Pumpkins are fruit.
16. Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United
States is available in October.
17. In colonial times, Native Americans roasted long
strips of pumpkin in an open fire.
18. Colonists sliced off pumpkin tips; removed seeds and
filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. This
was baked in hot ashes and is the origin of pumpkin
pie.
19. Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried
them and made mats.
20. Native Americans called pumpkins "isqoutm squash."
21. Native Americans used pumpkin seeds for food and
medicine.

Facts supplied by University of Illinois Extension

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