Ten fun facts about Pumpkins
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The difference between pumpkins and squash are noticeable in the stems, which are prickly and angular.
The name comes from the word 'pepon', which is Greek for "large melon".
Around 2005, white pumpkins gained popularity, and while most pumpkins are orange, they can also be dark green.
The first carved pumpkin lantern used for Halloween was recorded around 1866.Fact 5
Pumpkin chunking, or where a pumpkin is thrown as far as possible, is a competitive activity during autumn in the United States.Fact 6
In competitions, giant pumpkins are grown and can weigh over 1,000 pounds. The world record, set in 2010, was 1,810 pounds.Fact 7
Although they are often mistaken for vegetables, they are scientifically a fruit because of their seeds.Fact 8
Pumpkins have been used in popular culture, ranging from "Cinderella" and her pumpkin carriage and "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and the Pumpkin King.Fact 9
Canned pumpkin is recommended by vets for dogs with digestive issues such as constipation, diarrhea or hairballs.Fact 10
Seeds from pumpkins are a good source of protein, copper, zinc and magnesium. Go to more food facts ❯
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