Last month I featured apples. Being an equal opportunity blogger, I will now give props to pumpkins. Pumpkins have over 45 varieties which pales in comparison to the 7500 varieties of apples. Really, who cares? They are the most popular fruit throughout October and November. Yes, technically, they are a fruit. They belong to the cucumber and melon family.
Mercifully, we hear way fewer pumpkin idioms, than apple idioms. A sample includes – turn into a pumpkin, pumpkin head, punkin (meaning something great), out of his gourd. However, there seem to be endless sayings that have the word pumpkin. For example, “a rolling pumpkin gathers no moss” or “a pumpkin by any other name is still a pumpkin.” I know. Pretty lame. So let’s get to the fun facts:
The word pumpkin was first used in the 17th century.
Pumpkins are grown on every continent except Antarctica.
The original Jack O’ Lanterns were carved from turnips and potatoes by the Irish. In England they used carved beets with lights inside to ward off evil spirits. When the Irish came to North America they found pumpkins easier to carve.
Pumpkins were once thought to be a remedy to remove freckles.
The original pumpkin pie can be traced back to the colonists. It was not the pie we know today. They cut the tops off and filled the pumpkin with milk, honey, spices and baked it over ashes.
Each pumpkin has around 500 seeds.
Every part of the pumpkin is edible – skin, leaves, flower, pulp, seeds, even the stem.
Pumpkins are 80-90% water. Yet they are good sources of potassium and Vitamin A. The seeds are rich in nutrients such as anti-oxidants, protein, magnesium, iron, zinc to cite a few.
Not to be outdone by apples, there is also – wait for it -
A fear of pumpkins. It is a real thing and is known as cucorbitophobia. How about them pumpkins! Sheesh, I almost said apples.
And, as we might expect, the pumpkin is always oranger on the other side of the patch.
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