Fall has officially arrived and we are extremely excited about all the yummy foods the season has to offer. When it comes to fall produce, there is no denying that apples and squash come to mind, but pumpkins are always in the forefront of everyone’s mind. From picking the perfect pumpkin, to scooping, and carving, visions of this orange fruit (yes, fruit!) is the ultimate reminder that autumn is here!
It is believed that pumpkins originated in Central America where seeds from related plants were found dating back to 5500B.C. Fast forward to today and pumpkins are widely known as one of the most popular crops in North America where 1.5 billion pounds are produced each year with Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and California being the top pumpkin producing states in the country.
You may be surprised to find out that pumpkin is a fruit (squash to be exact), and a member of the Cucurbita family which is comprised of squash and cucumber. The word pumpkin is derived from the Greek term pepon meaning “large melon” with countless varieties grown across the world. The different types have fun names such as Aladdin, Fairy Tale, Cinderella, and Baby Bear to name a few.
- Great for a health-conscious diet!
- They are low in sodium
- Seeds are high in protein, iron, and the B vitamins.
- There are indented ridges running from top to bottom on the outside of the pumpkin. They are called Ribs.
- High in fiber.
- Low in calories.
- Brains is the proper name is fibrous strands found on the inside.
- Pumpkin seeds are called pepitas
- Central and eastern Europe, consider pumpkin oil a delicacy used in traditional local cuisines
- Pumpkins are very high in beta-carotene (an antioxidant) which converts into Vitamin A (believed to help delay aging).
- The largest pumpkin pie weighed 916.25 kg (2,020 lb) and measured 3.7 m (12 ft 1 in) long. It was made by New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers in Ohio, USA on 8 October 2005.—Guinness World Records
- The heaviest pumpkin weighed 824.86 kg (1,818 lb 5 oz) and was presented by Jim and Kelsey Bryson (Canada) at the Prince Edward County Pumpkinfest, Wellington, Ontario, Canada, on 15 October 2011.—Guinness World Records
Now for the best part! Drum roll please…………………………………PUMPKIN RECIPES! We’ve scoured the net for the neatest recipes we could find, let us know if you agree:
Pumpkin Ravioli with Hazelnut Brown Butter Sauce and Balsamic Drizzle
Bite Size Pumpkin Funnel Crispies
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