Pumpkin Trivia and What to Do With Your Pumpkin After Halloween Pumpkin
Pumpkins are great for much more than carving! Pumpkins provide 53% of our
vitamin A, 20% of our vitamin C, and 564 mg. of potassium. So if you never
got around to carving that pumpkin, you might want to cook your pumpkin!
The name pumpkin originated from "pepon" - the Greek word for "large melon."
Native Americans used pumpkin seeds for food and medicine. American 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 our pumpkin
pie, although it is recorded that they also used pumpkins as an ingredient for
the crust of pies, not the filling.
It is true that special varieties of pumpkins (called, most obviously "pie
pumpkins") make the smoothest pumpkin pie, but even a jack-o-lantern type
pumpkin makes a pretty good pie. See the easy, illustrated directions for
pumpkin pie, soup,
other tasty treats!
Collection of Pumpkin Facts... or Trivia
- Pumpkins are fruits, a type of squash
cucumbers, squashes and melons.
- Pumpkins are
native to North America and have been domestically grown there for five thousand years.
- In 1584, after French explorer Jacques Cartier explored the Saint
Lawrence region of North America, he reported finding "gros melons"
(large melons). The
translated into English as "pompions," which has since evolved into the
- Pumpkins are low in calories, fat, and sodium and high in fiber.
They are good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein, and
- The largest pumpkin ever grown was
over 1100 by a man in Ohio, in 2000.
- Pumpkins require
a long hot growing season and loads of humus, manure and water.
- Pumpkin seeds can be roasted as a snack.
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- Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A.
- Pumpkins are used for feed for animals.
- Pumpkin flowers are edible.
- Pumpkins are used to make soups, pies and breads.
- 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.
- Pumpkins are members of the vine crops family called cucurbits.
They are easy to grow!
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grow your own pumpkins!
- Pumpkins originated in Central America.
- In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for
the crust of pies, not the filling.
- Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing
- Pumpkins range in size from less than a pound to over 1,000
- The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.
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- The name pumpkin originated from "pepon" - the Greek word for
- The Connecticut field variety is the traditional American
- Pumpkins are 90 percent water.
- Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is
available in October.
- In colonial times, Native Americans roasted long strips of
pumpkin in an open fire.
- 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.
- Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and
- Native Americans called pumpkins "isqoutm squash."
- Native Americans used pumpkin seeds for food and medicine.
- The first carved Halloween Jack O'Lanterns were made from
turnips, not pumpkins
What to Do With Your Carved Pumpkin
After Halloween Pumpkin
Of course, if you already carved it as a jack-o-lantern, here are
some do's and don't's for your carved pumpkin:
Put it in the compost heap - it will make
Bury it in the garden - it will decay quickly and enrich the soil
Wash, dry and save the seeds to plant next year (they will grow!)
- Wash and roast the seeds - they make good
- Dump it in the trash, if you haven't got a garden
Use it as a door stop
Keep it indoors: it will rot and stain the floor
Put it in the attic for next Halloween
Attempt to eat it or cook with it.
Use it in cold fusion experiments (pumpkinfusion has been disproven ).
Sources and references
- Rogers, Nicholas (2002). "Samhain and the Celtic Origins of
Halloween". Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night,
pp.11-21. New York:
Oxford University Press.
- Roger, Nichola (2002). Halloween:
From Pagan Ritual to Party Night. Oxford University Press.
- Arnold, Bettina (2001-10-31).
"Bettina Arnold - Halloween Lecture: Halloween Customs in the Celtic
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Center for Celtic Studies.
. Retrieved 2007-10-16.
- Skal, David J. (2002).
Death Makes a Holiday: A Cultural History of Halloween, p.34.
New York: Bloomsbury.
- Pope John Paul, July 1994, conversation with the author in Rome,