Monday, August 15, 2011

Pumpkin Trivia!

Nothing reminds me more of Halloween and the Autumn season that pumpkins.  Whether you carve, paint, glitter or whatever your pumpkin they make great decorations for the Fall season.  I also use them past Halloween to decorate for Thanksgiving.  So in honor of the Great Pumpkin here are some interesting facts about a favorite Autumn symbol.

  •  Turnips and beets served as the original jack-o-lanterns.
  •  Jack-o-lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep evil away spirits on the Celtic holiday of Samhain (now commonly known as Halloween!).
  • Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green besides the traditional orange.
  • Pumpkins originated in Central America and were used by Native Americans.  Europeans took the seeds back to Europe were they became popular. 
  • Pumpkins are a berry in the cucurbitaceae family, which also includes melons, cucumbers, squash and gourds.
  • Growing BIG pumpkins is a popular hobby.  Top prize money at fall events can reach $25,000 for the biggest pumpkin.
  • The 2010 world record for the biggest pumpkin was 1,810.5 pounds! 
  • There are no words in the American dictionary that rhyme with orange, the main pumpkin color.

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