Halloween Week! Fun Pumpkin Facts!

Here at Yatta! we love a themed week, as you well may know, and with Halloween hitting us on Wednesday, we have come over all spooky!

Kicking off a week of spooky blog posts, we have some fun Pumpkin facts from Katie O! Enjoy!

Pumpkin carving is a Halloween tradition which I’m sure many of you have taken part in at some point in your life. However, there are some facts about pumpkins that you may not have known that I have listed below.

  • Pumpkins come in a variety of colors – there are yellow, white, green, tan, red and even blue pumpkins!

  • Pumpkins are actually fruit, not vegetables. They are 90% water, are low in calories and high in fiber. An excellent source of vitamins A & B, the average pumpkin contains roughly 1 cup of seeds.

  • Throughout Britain and Ireland, there is a long tradition of carving lanterns from vegetables, particularly the turnip, mangelwurzel, or swede.

  • The turnip has traditionally been used in Ireland and Scotland at Halloween, but immigrants to North America used the native pumpkin, which are both readily available and much larger making them easier to carve than turnips.

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  • The term ‘jack-o’-lantern did not appear until 1837 and the first carved pumpkin lantern associated with Halloween was recorded in 1866.

  • In the United States, the carved pumpkin was first associated with the harvest season in general, long before it became an emblem of Halloween.

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  • After planting, it takes pumpkin approximately 90 to 120 days to mature. There is only one day during the entire growing season, in which the pumpkin flower can be pollinated. If the growing season is a dry one, pumpkins will typically be 20% – 30% smaller, in size.

  • The biggest pumpkin pie on record was made in February 2006, in Ohio. It weighed over 2000 pounds and required a mere 900 pounds of pumpkin.

  • Pumpkin and/or pumpkin seeds are said to be home remedy for a variety of conditions such as acne and stomach ailments.

There are plenty of designs you can create – simple or complex, scary or smiley. Maybe even have a go at creating your own design. Whether you decide to carve pumpkins, turnips, swede or even a manglewurzel remember to have fun and be creative! Happy Halloween!

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Words: Katie O
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