All About Pumpkins

 

Pumpkin Facts to Know if You’re Going on a Quiz Show

 

  •  For the second time in three years, the world record for giant pumpkins has fallen at the European Weigh-Off in Germany. German grower Mathia Willemijn brought this giant squash weighing 2,624.6 pounds to the weigh-off on October 9, 2016.
  • Pumpkins originated in Central America.
  • Pumpkins are really squash... members of the squash family.
  • A pumpkin is a fruit. Most people think of it as a vegetable.
  • Pumpkins are 90% water.
  • 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.
  • A pumpkin is not a Jack O'Lantern, until it is carved.
  • Pumpkins were once recommended as a cure for freckles.
  • Pumpkins were used as a remedy for snake bites.
  • Pumpkin seeds help avoid prostate cancer in men.
  • Native Americans fed pumpkins to their horses.
  • The great pumpkin bakers at New Bremen, Ohio broke their own record for the World's Largest Pumpkin Pie. On September 25, 2010, they baked a 3,699 pound pumpkin 20-feet in diameter, far surpassing their prior record of 2,020 pounds.

  • Pumpkin flour can be used in place of wheat flour. It has many health and medicinal benefits.
  • Pumpkins are gluten free.
  • At the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621, the pilgrims did not serve pumpkin pie. They made stewed pumpkin.
  • Food manufacturers use tan colored pumpkins to make pumpkin puree.
  • Americans consume 50 million pumpkin pies annually on Thanksgiving, alone.  
  • Pumpkin Pie originated in England.

(Gleaned from WWW)