Thursday, October 4, 2012

Pumpkinage!

Didja know?
Pumpkin Facts:

Pumpkins originated in Central America.
The name pumpkin originated from "pepon" – the Greek word for "large melon."
Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A.
Pumpkins are fruit.
Pumpkin flowers are edible.
Pumpkin seeds can be roasted as a snack.
Pumpkins are used to make soups, pies and breads.
Pumpkins are used for feed for animals.
Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October. 
The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.
In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
Colonists sliced off pumpkin tips; removed seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. This was baked in hot ashes and is the origin of pumpkin pie.
Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
The largest "official" pumpkin ever grown weighed 2,014 pounds
The Connecticut field variety is the traditional American pumpkin.
Pumpkins are 90 percent water.
Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.
Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made mats.
Native Americans called pumpkins "isqoutm, or isquotersquash."
Native Americans used pumpkin seeds for food and medicine.

And...not all pumpkins are edible!   You can make pumpkin pillows even (as above!).  Vitamin-A rich pumpkin can be used in other products like SOAP!  Yep...SOAP!  Check out our Pumpkin Pazooties!

And...... I have it on good authority and from personal experience, that pumpkin patches are one of the most magical places on Earth, especially on a full moon night!  Mwahahaha!  

Bates Nut Farm, San Diego, CA 
(Where my family goes for punks)


Happy Pumpkin-ing!!!!
~Carol 

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