Fall pumpkin frenzy is here as we gather these symbols of the harvest and Halloween. But, there’s more to this round, orange squash than just decorating and carving. Here are some fun pumpkin facts to ponder as you scoop out that Jack-O-Lantern and bake those yummy pumpkin seeds.
Fun Pumpkin Facts
- The name pumpkin comes from the Greek word ‘pepon’, meaning ‘large melon.’
- Colonists sliced off pumpkin tops, removed seeds and filled the inside with milk, spices and honey. This was baked in hot ashes and is the origin of pumpkin pie.
- Pumpkin plants feature both male and female flowers, with bees typically being involved in pollination (the transfer of pollen).
- Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A.
- Pumpkins are 90 percent water.
- Pumpkins are grown on every continent except Antarctica.
- Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
So don’t underestimate the pumpkin. These fun pumpkin facts are just a bit of the story behind the fall favorite.
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