Here is a collection of pumpkin trivia and FAQs:
Pumpkins originated in Central America.
Pumpkins are really squash… members of the squash family.
A pumpkin is a fruit. Most people think of it as a vegetable.
Pumpkins are 90% water.
The largest pumpkin ever grown is 2,323.7 pounds. See it
The largest pumpkin pie weighed 3,699 pounds, and is 20 feet in diameter. More information and a picture
Pumpkins are grown all over the world on six of the seven continents, with Antarctica being the sole exception. They are even grown in Alaska.
A pumpkin is not a Jack O’Lantern, until it is carved.
Pumpkins were once recommended as a cure for freckles.
They were used as a remedy for snake bites.
Pumpkin seeds help avoid prostate cancer in men.
Halloween evolved, in part, from the Celtic tradition of All Hallow’s Eve.
Native Americans fed pumpkins to their horses.
Pumpkin flour can be used in place of wheat flour. It has many health and medicinal benefits.
Pumpkins are gluten free.
At the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621, the pilgrims did not serve pumpkin pie, Rather, they made stewed pumpkin.
Food maufacturers use tan colored pumpkins to make pumpkin puree.