Happy National Pumpkin Day!

Mary with pumpkins at Merrifield Garden Center

Happy National Pumpkin Day! Today would be a great day to pick out some pumpkins for your Halloween jack-0-lanterns.

Did you know?

The word “pumpkin” comes from the Greek word, meaning “large melon.”

Pumpkin is in the melon famil; it is a fruit! Other fruits masquerading as vegetables: tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and zuchinni. If it has seeds, it’s a fruit!

A cup of cooked pumpkin is barely 50 calories and is low carb. Nutrition benefits: vitamin K, vitamin A, fiber and a bunch of other nutrients. Try this recipe for pumpkin-pear soup — it’s one of my favorites.

Pumpkin seeds are a good source of magnesium. Magnesium helps build bone density, which can mitigate osteoporosis that develops after menopause.

The U.S. produces more than 1 billion pounds of pumpkin each year. The “Pumpkin Capital” of the world is the single high school community of Morton, Illinois, and it’s sounds like a really nice place.

Plain, canned pumpkin is healthy for cats and dogs.

The aroma of pumpkin was a favorite of men, in a study. If you want to have a romantic evening with a guy, try putting a pumpkin pie in the oven or lighting a pumpkin scented candle!

The Great Pumpkin first appeared in Charles Schulz’ Peanuts strip in 1959. The animated television special came later, in 1966.  Speaking of great pumpkins, the largest pumpkin in the world was a Belgian beauty weighing 2,624.6 pounds.

About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a mom, teacher, and blogger. Her blogs include Autumn in Virginia, Cool Yule Blog and You Can't Make This Stuff Up, among others. She is also the creator of "Living Well With Autism," an online resource for caregivers of children, teens, and adults with autism and related special needs.
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1 Response to Happy National Pumpkin Day!

  1. Geri Lawhon says:

    Thanks for all the great info. I did not know that there was a pumpkin city in the US.


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