Friday Fun Facts: Pumpkins!

πŸŽƒ The word β€˜pumpkin’ comes from the Greek word, pepon, which means a β€œlarge melon.”

πŸŽƒ Pumpkins originated in Central America.

πŸŽƒ Pumpkins are actually a fruit. Many people think it should be our national fruit.

πŸŽƒ Pumpkin is really a squash. It is in the Curcurbita family along with squash and cucumbers.

πŸŽƒThe yellow-orange flowers that bloom on the pumpkin vine are edible.
Pumpkin seeds taste great roasted.

πŸŽƒNative Americans grew and ate pumpkins and their seeds long before the Pilgrims reached this continent. Pilgrims learned how to grow and prepare pumpkins from the Native Americans.

πŸŽƒ Pumpkin was most likely served at the first Thanksgiving feast
celebrated by the Pilgrims and the Native Americans in 1621.

πŸŽƒThe earliest pumpkin pie made in America was quite different than the pumpkin pie we enjoy today. Pilgrims and early settlers made pumpkin pie by hollowing out a pumpkin, filling the shell with milk, honey and spices and baking it.

πŸŽƒEarly settlers dried pumpkins shells, cut it into strips and wove it into mats.

πŸŽƒPumpkin has been prepared in a variety of ways from soups to stews to desserts since the immigration of the first European settlers.

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