Fun Facts About Pumpkins
How much do you know about fall's favorite fruit?
Did you know that pumpkins are the world's largest fruit? Or that early American colonists used pumpkin for the crust, not the filling? Or that U.S. farmers produce more than 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin annually?
Intrigued? Then read on. This page has plenty of other interesting facts about pumpkins for kids (and adults will enjoy them, too!).
(Photo by Lisa Howard)
Pumpkin Trivia - How many of these facts about pumpkins did you know?
- The word pumpkin came from the Greek word "pepon," which means "large melon." The word was changed by the French to "pompon" and then to "pumpion" by the English. American colonists later started using the word "pumpkin."
- Native Americans used dried strips of pumpkin to weave mats.
- Pumpkin seeds are known as pepitas.
- Pumpkins are 90% water.
- Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio and California are the top pumpkin-growing states.
- Pumpkin flowers are edible.
Pumpkin Flowers Are Edible
More Facts About Pumpkins for Kids - Great Halloween trivia
- The world's largest pumpkin pie weighed over 350 pounds and was more than five fee in diameter.
- Pumpkins are members of the family Cucurbitaceae, which includes squashes, melons, and gourds.
- Pumpkins are native to Central America.
- The current world record for the heaviest pumpkin is 1810.5 pounds, set in 2010.
- There are about 500 seeds inside every pumpkin.
World's Biggest Pumpkin - Current world record is larger than the giant pumpkin shown here
The current world record for a pumpkin is 1810.5 pounds, held by Chris Stevens. His Atlantic Giant pumpkin earned the record on October 9, 2010 at the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off in Stillwater, Minnesota.
The world's largest pumpkin measures 15 feet around, is over four feet tall and, according to the New York Times, it could make about 900 pies. It is larger than the pumpkin shown in this image, which weighs in at a "paltry" 1622 pounds.
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever - A fun kids book about pumpkins
History of the Jack-o-Lantern - The myth behind pumpkin carving
Have you ever wondered about pumpkin history and why we carve jack-o-lanterns? The tradition of carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns started from an Irish myth about a man named Stingy Jack. According to the legend, Stingy Jack invited Satan to have a drink, but Jack didn't want to pay for it, so he talked the devil into changing into a coin to buy the drink. But after the Devil changed form, Jack decided he wanted to keep the money rather than buy drinks. So he stuck the coin in his pocket next to a silver cross. The cross made it impossible for the Devil to turn back into his original shape.
Eventually, Jack decided to free the Devil, but made him promise not to bother Jack for one year. The next year, Jack managed to trick the Devil into climbing up a tree, and while he was there, Jack carved a cross into the bark so the Devil couldn't come down until he promised to leave Jack alone for another 10 years.
Eventually, Jack died, but God didn't want such a con artist in Heaven and the Devil didn't want him in Hell either. So the Devil sent Jack into the night with just a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the earth ever since. The Irish started referring to this ghostly figure as Jack of the Lantern, which later simply became "jack-o-lantern."
Source: History Channel
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just a random person on October 04, 2018:
gdsts on October 30, 2014:
me too I love this site
writerkath on October 22, 2013:
Well, I definitely learned something today! I had never heard about the Jack O'Lantern legend. Very interesting!
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on August 28, 2013:
Pumpkins are amazing!
ohcaroline on November 03, 2012:
Wonderful pumpkin facts.
anonymous on November 01, 2012:
anonymous on November 01, 2012:
WHAT UP PEOPLE
anonymous on October 29, 2012:
i didn't know that it was a large pumpkin
anonymous on October 29, 2012:
@sojourner-1: yea yu didnt know that
sojourner-1 on October 20, 2012:
I enjoyed your lens. Did not know pumpkin flowers were edible. Interesting facts, thanks for sharing.
kevin pachingel on October 11, 2012:
Erin Hardison from Memphis, TN on September 25, 2012:
I did! Lots of fun facts and photos about pumpkins. My favorite was the world's largest pumpkin.
BestBuyGuy from Beekmantown, NY on September 18, 2012:
Cool lens. Love the little girl pumpkin outfit!
ismeedee on September 18, 2012:
Very informative! Now I want Pumpkin pie!!
Tennyhawk on September 18, 2012:
Cool trivia! Just in time for Halloween.
anonymous on August 28, 2012:
Loved it! Thanks for sharing.
Beauti on August 28, 2012:
A fun and interesting lens. Thanks for sharing
Elyn MacInnis from Shanghai, China on August 27, 2012:
Yes I did!
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on October 05, 2011:
A lot of interesting pumpkin facts here!