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Pumpkin Fun Facts!

10/06/2018 @ 12:00 pm
  • Pumpkins are members of the Gourd family, which also includes cucumber, honeydew melons, cantaloupe, watermelons, and zucchini.
  • Illinois farmers grow more pumpkins than anywhere else in the world.
  • Pumpkins can range in size from less than one pound to more than 2,000 pounds, depending on the variety.
  • The heaviest pumpkin on record was grown in Belgium in 2016 and weighed 2,624 pounds.
  • It takes 110-120 days for a pumpkin vine to produce mature pumpkins.
  • Pumpkins grow on a vine that can grow up to 30 feet long.
  • The tap root of a pumpkin can grow 2-3 feet deep.
  • Pumpkin seeds are full of protein and iron and can be roasted as a snack. They are also known as pepitas.
  • In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient in pie crusts, not for the filling!
  • The name Pumpkin originates from “pepon”, the Greek word for “large melon”.
  • The bright orange color of pumpkins is a strong clue that pumpkins are full of the antioxidant, beta-carotene.
  • Pumpkin is low in calories, fat and sodium, and high in fiber.
  • Morton, Illinois, where 80% of the world’s canned pumpkin is processed, is considered the Pumpkin capital of the world.

 

 

*From the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom2018-19 Calendar for Teachers