Today is National Pumpkin Day! Let’s celebrate with 5 Interesting Facts About Pumpkins.
- The word “pumpkin” first showed up in the Cinderella story
They were first referred to as “pepon,” a Latin word meaning large melon. It wasn’t until the 17th century that they began to be known as pumpkins.
- The original jack-o’-lanterns were made with turnips and potatoes
They started in England as large beets lit with embers to ward off evil spirits, but eventually it was found that pumpkins were much easier to carve.
- Pumpkins are 90% water
One cup of canned pumpkin only has 83 calories and only half a gram of fat. They also have more fiber than kale, more potassium than bananas, and are full of magnesium and iron.
- Pumpkins are fruits
More specifically, they are a winter squash in the same family as cucumbers and melons.
- The world’s largest pumpkin was 2,323.7 pounds
In 2014 Beni Meier of Germany brought the giant to the European Championship Weigh-Off and ended up beating the old record by nearly 300 pounds!