Pumpkins are a plant with an interesting history. Originally cultivated in the Americas, they are now enjoyed throughout the world both for their festive appearance and also as a food source.
Here are some amazing pumpkin facts:
Belong to the Cucurbitaceae plant family. This family includes squashes, melons, and gourds.
The word pumpkin is derived from the Greek word pepon meaning “large melon”.
Pumpkins are monoecious, meaning they have both male and female flowers on the same plant.
Honeybees are essential for the pollination of pumpkins. The pumpkin industry and the honey industry work closely together.
Pumpkin flowers have an extremely short lifespan, only blooming for one day.
Their color is derived from orange pigments. The main nutrients include lutein and both alpha and beta carotene.
Pumpkins are 90% water.
1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin are grown in the United States each year!
Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio are the top three pumpkin producing states.
The current world record for giant pumpkins was set in 2016 and it weighed in at 2,624.6 lbs!
Fatty acids found in pumpkin seed oil help maintain healthy blood vessels.
1 gram of pumpkin seeds has as much tryptophan as a full glass of milk. (Tryptophan is an essential amino acid.)
Chemicals extracted from pumpkins are currently being tested for their ability to regenerate damaged pancreatic tissue. This may actually lead to a cure for some forms of diabetes.
The current distance record for a pumpkin fired from an air cannon is 4,536.57 feet!