A pumpkin is a cultivar of the squash plant, most commonly of Cucurbita pepo, that is round, with smooth, slightly ribbed skin and deep yellow to orange coloration. The thick shell contains the seeds and pulp. Source: Wikipedia
Fun facts that we have collected
The Irish may have brought the tradition of carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns to this country. The tradition originally started with the carving of turnips. When the Irish immigrated to the U.S., they found pumpkins a plenty and they were much easier to carve for their ancient holiday.
Did you know that you can eat pumpkin flowers? Well, you can!
We read that early pioneers in our country used pumpkins (which they learned about from Native Americans) for the crust of their pies, not the filling!
More than 80% of the pumpkins grown in the United States are ripe and available during the month of October.
“Animals such as elephants, chimpanzees, baboons, goats and camels enjoy eating and playing with pumpkins. In the case of others like lions, bats, and geese, we use the pumpkins as feeding devices by carving holes into the pumpkins and hiding treats inside.” Source: Huffington Post