Fun Pumpkin and Pumpkin Carving Ideas - Casselberry Pumpkin Patch!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Fun Pumpkin Facts from your Orlando Area Pumpkin Patch!

  • Pumpkin flowers are edible.
  • Pumpkins are fruit.
  • Pumpkin seeds can be roasted as a snack (yummy!).
  • Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A.
  • Pumpkins are often used for animals.
  • Pumpkin flowers are edible.
  • Pumpkins originated in Central America.
    In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
  • Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites. (a loong time ago!)
  • Pumpkins range in size from way less than a pound to over 1,000 pounds.
  • The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.
  • The name pumpkin orginated from "pepon" – the Greek word for "large melon."
  • The Connecticut field variety is the traditional American pumpkin.
  • Pumpkins are 90 percent water (that makes up the "shell" and "goo" inside.
  • Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October. (Get yours at the Casselberry Pumpkin Patch!)
  • In colonial times, Native Americans roasted long strips of pumpkin in an open fire.
    Colonists sliced off pumpkin tops; removed seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. This was baked in hot ashes and is the origin of pumpkin pie.

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