20 Cool Facts About PumpkinsWhere I live, there are pumpkins all over the place right now.
I have actually grown a few pumpkins in my garden. They are a very impressive garden plant, like most squash plants.
20 Cool Facts About Pumpkins
Here are some cool facts that may impress you or someone that you know.
1. As mentioned, Pumpkins are the most popular members of the squash family.
2. About 90% of pumpkins is actually water.
3. The state of Illinois grows the most pumpkins in the United States.
4. Pumpkins are a fruit.
5. Pumpkins are also a great source of Vitamin A.
6. Pumpkin seeds can be easily roasted as a snack. Simple rinse them off, allow them to dry, spray with a bit of oil or stir in oil, lie flat on a baking pan, add your favorite spices, and bake on a low temp stirring occasionally.
7.The smaller sweet pumpkin or pie pumpkin is best pumpkin for for cooking.
8. The larger Jack-O-Lantern variety of pumpkin is best for carving.
9. When choosing a pumpkin, select a heavy and unblemished pumpkin that is free of cracks and soft spots. Be sure to check out the underside.
10. When choosing a pumpkin the color should be deep orange color however, if you are just going to use the pumpkin for decoration, there are some fun green, yellow or even multi colored ones.
11. Stem or no stem? Selecting a pumpkin with at least an inch of stem remaining will help the pumpkin resist decay.
12. According to the Census Department, Of the top six pumpkin-producing states, Illinois has led the country by producing an estimated 547.6 million pounds of this vined gourd, followed by California, Ohio, Michigan, New York and then Pennsylvania.
13. Some say that during colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies and not in the filling.
14. Carrying a pumpkin by the stem can make the stem break off and can decay the pumpkin faster as a result.
15. Preserve a pumpkin by cleaning it with a bleach solution of 1 tablespoon of bleach per quart of water using a spray bottle. Spray this on the inside and any cut areas of the pumpkin .
16. Keep your pumpkin dry as moisture can cause rapid deterioration.
17. It was actually Ireland who started the tradition of carving pumpkins.
18. Pumpkins were originally from Central America.
19. Pumpkins can also be used for feed for animals .
20.Pumpkins are a source of potassium and Vitamin A and their flowers are edible.