Random Facts About Pumpkins

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Tis’ the season for all things PUMPKIN!

So, while you sip on your pumpkin spice latte...while  eating a slice of pumpkin pie... “The Daily Meal” has come up with some random pumpkin facts  you might not know!
Like, there’s more than just one kind of pumpkin.
There are over 45 different varieties!

There’s big ones, small ones, white ones, yellow ones, round ones, oval ones - the list goes on and on and on! And they have clever names too!
There’s actually a pumpkin named “Cinderella!”
And there’s itty bitty pumpkins named “Wee-B-Little”.

Did you know there’s a month dedicated to pumpkins?  If you guessed April—you would be so totally wrong. It’s October, duh! And it has nothing to do with Halloween!

Eighty percent of pumpkin crops grown in the U.S. are available during the tenth month of the year.
Pumpkins grow on 6 of 7 continents on the planet, but the self-proclaimed “pumpkin capital of the world” is right here in the U.S.— good ol’ Morton, Illinois! The state is one of the largest producers of pumpkin in the U.S., with 90-95 percent of its crop being used for processed pumpkin foods!

Now here’s a fact you probably didn’t know. A pumpkin is not a vegetable!
It’s a fruit from the gourd family – the same as melons, cucumbers, and zucchini.
And as we gear up for Halloween the kiddos will be busy carving pumpkins to put on the stoop.

Guess what!?
The tradition of pumpkin carving originated in Ireland. The Irish would carve jack-o-lanterns out of turnips to scare away evil spirits during the celtic holiday Samhain - the nighT when spirits of the dead would walk the earth!

SO, the next time someone asks you about pumpkins you can wow them with these random facts!