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Pumpkin Fun Facts!

09/04/2019 @ 9:40 am
  • Native to Central America and Mexico, pumpkins now grow on all continents except Antarctica.
  • Native Americans developed a method of planting corn, beans, and pumpkins together call “Three Sisters”.
  • Native Americans used pumpkins as a staple in their diets centuries before the Pilgrims landed.
  • Pumpkins grown to be used as jack-o-lanterns are much bigger and a darker color than processing pumpkins.
  • Through pollination, pumpkins start by growing inside a flower and grow along a vine.
  • Over time, a tiny green pumpkin grows much larger and changes in color from green to yellow to orange.
  • Pumpkins are a fruit because they are the part of the plant that contains seeds.
  • The flowers of a pumpkin are edible.
  • Pumpkins are good for your body. The filling is rich in vitamin A and potassium. The seeds are full of protein and iron.
  • Pumpkins are 90% water.

 

*From the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom 2018-19 Calendar for Teachers