| Fun Pumpkin Facts
- Pumpkin seeds can be roasted as a snack.
- Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A.
- Pumpkins are used for feed for animals.
- Pumpkin flowers are edible.
- Pumpkins are used to make soups, pies and breads.
- The largest pumpkin pie ever made weighed over 2,020 pounds (after baking). It was prepared and baked by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers at New Bremen, Ohio. This huge pie was made on October 8, 2005. This world record pie is recognized by Guiness World Book of Records.
- Pumpkins are members of the vine crops family called cucurbits.
- 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.
- Pumpkins range in size from less than a pound to well over 1,000 pounds.
- The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,739 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.
- Pumpkins are fruit.
- Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.
- 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.
- Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made mats.
- Native Americans called pumpkins "isqoutm squash."
- Native Americans used pumpkin seeds for food and medicine.
- The fastest pumpkin carving ever: On December 14, 2000, Steve Clarke
of Havertown, Pa became the fastest pumpkin carver. Steve carved a pumpkin
Rosemont High School where he teaches, in a record one minute and 14.8 seconds.
In the process, Steve carved 19 seconds off the prior record held by Jerry
Ayers of Baltimore, Ohio.
- Most pumpkins: Jerry Ayers of Baltimore Ohio is not only fast, he
has stamina. In 1999, he set a world record by carving one ton of pumpkins
(detailed designs) in seven hours and 11 minutes. Now that's a lot of pumpkins!
- Most Lit Pumpkins:
For years, the folks in Keene, New Hampshire held and routinely broke this
record. In 2006, their record stood at 28,952 lit pumpkins. Yes, the pumpkins
must all be lit at the same time in the same place.
On October 26, 2007, Boston Ma. shattered this record with 30,128 lit pumpkins!
Rumor has it, they are still "glowing" over this feat.