Friday Fun Facts: Pumpkins!
🎃 The word ‘pumpkin’ comes from the Greek word, pepon, which means a “large melon.”
🎃 Pumpkins originated in Central America.
🎃 Pumpkins are actually a fruit. Many people think it should be our national fruit.
🎃 Pumpkin is really a squash. It is in the Curcurbita family along with squash and cucumbers.
🎃The yellow-orange flowers that bloom on the pumpkin vine are edible.
Pumpkin seeds taste great roasted.
🎃Native 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.
🎃 Pumpkin was most likely served at the first Thanksgiving feast
celebrated by the Pilgrims and the Native Americans in 1621.
🎃The 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.
🎃Early settlers dried pumpkins shells, cut it into strips and wove it into mats.
🎃Pumpkin has been prepared in a variety of ways from soups to stews to desserts since the immigration of the first European settlers.