• 25 Fascinating Pumpkin Facts

    Although we often think of pumpkins as vegetables, they’re actually fruits! Pumpkins, along with cucumbers, tomatoes, and avocados, come from the flowers of their plants. That makes them all fruits.
    Pumpkins are also a type of winter squash. And yes, all squashes are technically fruits as well.
    Each pumpkin contains about 500 seeds.
    Once they sprout, pumpkins take between 90 and 120 days to reach maturity. Learn more about the Life Cycle of a Pumpkin!
    There are more than 45 different types of pumpkin, with fun names like Baby Bear, Spooktacular, Ghost Rider, Tricky Jack, and Sweetie Pie.
    Atlantic Giants are the largest overall species of pumpkin. They can grow as much as 50 pounds per day!

    Every part of the pumpkin is edible, including the skin, leaves, flowers, and stem. Pumpkin and other squash blossoms can be eaten raw. They’re also particularly tasty when lightly battered and fried!
    Pumpkin pie is America’s favorite Thanksgiving dessert, with 36% of us preferring it to other traditional options like pecan, apple, or sweet potato.
    Those giant pumpkins are edible, they don’t taste very good. Stick to small sugar pumpkins for pies and soups.
    Pumpkin is a great source of beta carotene, which gives it its orange color (just like carrots and sweet potatoes). Beta carotene turns into vitamin A after you eat it, which is great for your eye and skin health, and supports your immune system.
    Roasted pumpkin seeds are both tasty and nutritious! They are low in calories and high in protein and iron.

    Pumpkins are native to Central America and Mexico. Originally small and bitter, they were selectively bred by Central and Native Americans to be bigger, fleshier, and sweeter.
    When the Pilgrims relocated to North America, they didn’t know how to cook this new-to-them gourd. So the Native Americans taught them how to cultivate and cook fresh pumpkin.
    As a staple crop, pumpkin was most likely served at the first Thanksgiving. But their vers ...
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