10 Fun Facts about Pumpkins!
Published on: Friday 28th October 2016
Halloween is upon us once again and the supermarkets are filled to the brim with all different shapes and sizes of pumpkins, even fake ones.
Pumpkins have always been around for Halloween and when they are used for cooking they are delicious, not only are they healthy to eat (when not put in pie), they are also grown across most of the world.
We thought we would take a closer look at the humble pumpkin with 10 interesting facts.
- Pumpkin comes from the Greek word ‘pepon’, meaning ‘large melon’.
- Pumpkins are actually classed as a fruit and not a vegetable.
- Many just eat the flesh of the pumpkin but the seeds are tasty too.
- Six of the seven continents of the world can grow pumpkins, the only one who can’t is Antarctica.
- The first mention of pumpkin pie was in the first American cookbook by Amelia Simmons in 1796.
- In 2013 a Californian man broke the world record for growing the largest pumpkin as it was nearly the size of a small car.
- People used to believe that pumpkins could remove freckles and cure snake bites.
- The largest pumpkin pie had a diameter of 20 feet.
- The Irish used to carve Jack O Lanterns out of turnips and potatoes until they immigrated to America and discovered pumpkins.
- Pumpkins are rich in vitamin A, potassium and are high in fibre.
Do you know any interesting facts about pumpkins we can add to our list?
We hope you have a great Halloween!