Halloween weekend is just a matter of days away, so to add to the fun times, we thought we would give you a host of facts on the pumpkin to share with the younger members of the family (and possibly yourself) while you’re getting dressed up and designing your Jack O’ Lantern.
If you get to them soon enough, you will no doubt be able to acquire yourself a great pick of round, juicy pumpkins that are perfect for carving and creating with, whether you buy them at a local seller near you or at a market while you’re on our family short breaks (UK-based).
So, while you’re busy having fun with your Halloween creations, why not check out these ten fun fact about pumpkins too?
1. The tradition of pumpkin carving originates from the carving of turnips. However, when the Irish immigrants settled in the U.S., they found pumpkins in plentiful numbers and they were far easier to carve their designs in.
2. Did you know that the pumpkin flowers are edible?
3. Pumpkins are in fact made up of 90% water.
4. The normal, and most renowned colour of a pumpkin is orange. That doesn’t mean that this is the only colour you can come across though. There’s yellow, green, red and white pumpkins too.
5. If you wanted to use another pumpkin for something other than a Jack O’ Lantern, you can use it to eat, also a common thing to do with it. The pumpkin can be boiled, baked, roasted, steamed or boiled to make a whole host of different tasty meals.
6. Six of the seven continents are able to grow pumpkins. Antarctica is the only continent that pumpkins can’t grow in.
7. The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds, or 518kg!
8. Pumpkins got their name from the Greek word ‘pepon’, which means ‘large melon’.
9. Pumpkins are actually a fruit. This is because that they contain seeds, but when it comes to cooking, they are often referred to as vegetables.
10. The official term for a pumpkin is a squash.