- One of the most abundant and popular items seen everywhere this time of year is the PUMPKIN. It comes in lots of sizes and shapes and is used to flavor everything from desserts, to coffee, and even soup. Here are some FUN FACTS about this seasonal favorite as well as tips on how to choose a good pumpkin:
Pumpkins originated in Central America.
Pumpkins are really squash… members of the squash family.
A pumpkin is a fruit. Most people think of it as a vegetable.
Pumpkins are 90% water.
- The largest pumpkin ever grown is 2,323.7 pounds. You can see it here: http://www.pumpkinnook.com/giants/giantpumpkins.htm
For more fun PUMPKIN facts visit: http://gardenersnet.com/fun/pumpkintrivia.htm
How to Select Perfect Pumpkins:
Select pumpkins that are completely orange. A partially green pumpkin might not ripen any further. Be sure it is not too heavy to carry safely. You might want to bring along a wagon to carry your pumpkin(s).
Use medium pumpkins for carving into a Jack O Lantern. Small pumpkins are better for cooking and baking.
A ripe pumpkin has a hard shell that does not dent easily when pressing on it with a thumbnail. Examine the entire pumpkin carefully for soft spots. If you find even one soft spot, try another pumpkin.