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A pumpkin is a squash plant that is usually orange or deep yellow. Pumpkins have seeds, which is why they are technically considered a fruit. However, in cooking, they are considered vegetables.
See the fact file below for more information on the pumpkin or alternatively, you can download our 23-page Pumpkin worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
WHERE DID IT GET ITS NAME?
- The word pumpkin comes from the Greek word “pepon”, which means “large melon.”
- After the French used the term pompon and the British used pumpion, the Americans adapted it to pumpkin in the 17th century.
- The terms “pumpkin” and “squash” are interchangeable.
- Traditionally, pumpkins in North America and the United Kingdom are those of round orange varieties, while it can refer to any appearance of a winter squash in Australia and New Zealand.
WHERE DID PUMPKINS COME FROM?
- All pumpkins are winter squash, which are fruit species in the genus Cucurbita.
- Squash, which includes pumpkins, originated in northeastern Mexico and the southern United States.
- They are recorded to have been found in Mexico around 7000 to 5500 BC.
- Pumpkins are grown all around the world and are sold as agricultural, commercial, or ornamental products.
- Pumpkins cannot be grown in Antarctica, though, because of the climate.
- The top pumpkin-producing states in the US are Illinois, Indiana, California, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
- The “pumpkin capital of the world” is Morton, Illinois, which reportedly produces 80% of the world’s canned pumpkin.
WHAT DOES A PUMPKIN LOOK LIKE?
- Usually, pumpkins are orange but they can also be yellow, white, red, or dark green.
- White pumpkins became increasingly popular in the United States around 2005.
- Pumpkins have thick shells and slightly ribbed skin.
- They are shaped like a sphere, most of the time.
- Pumpkins contain pulp and seeds, which is why they are considered fruits.
- A typical pumpkin has around 500 seeds.
- Pumpkins have both male and female flowers.
- An average-sized pumpkin weighs around 13 pounds, but pumpkins can be grown to giant sizes as big as 1,000 pounds!
- The world record for the heaviest pumpkin was 1,810 pounds, which was recorded in 2010.
- More than 1,5 billion pounds of pumpkin are produced in the United States annually.
HOW IS PUMPKIN COOKED AND EATEN?
- All the parts of a pumpkin are edible: the skin, flowers, seeds, pulp, leaves, and stem.
- Pumpkins consist 90% water and are low in calories.
- A hundred grams of pumpkin produces approximately 26 calories of energy.
- Pumpkin can be cooked in a lot of ways: baking, roasting, steaming, boiling, and mixing it in other dishes.
- Some of the most popular pumpkin products are pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, and pumpkin seeds.
- Originating from North America, the sweet pumpkin pie is traditionally served as a dessert during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and harvest time.
- Pumpkin seeds, also called pepitas, are flat, oval, rich in nutrients, and covered by a white husk.
- Pumpkin seeds are eaten as a snack and are a good source of protein, zinc, magnesium, and copper.
- Pumpkin leaves are eaten as a vegetable in Korean and Chinese cuisine.
- Canned pumpkin, which is high in fiber, is often recommended as a dietary supplement for dogs and cats that suffer from constipation, diarrhea, or hairballs, in order to aid digestion.
- Raw pumpkin may be fed to poultry to aid egg production.
- When pressed, roasted pumpkin seeds produce a thick oil called pumpkin seed oil, which is used for cooking or salad dressings.
- Pumpkin seed oil contains healthy fatty acids.
- Small pumpkins are served as savory tempura in Japan.
- In Myanmar and Thailand, pumpkins are turned into desserts like candied pumpkins, and custard-filled pumpkin.
- In Italy, pumpkin can be used as stuffing for ravioli.
- In Vietnam, pumpkins are cooked with pork or shrimp in soups.
HOW IS PUMPKIN USED IN HALLOWEEN?
- Once Halloween season starts, you will see pumpkin decorations and prints pop up as well.
- Pumpkins are popular during Halloween and are often used as decorations.
- A carved pumpkin lit up by candles is called a ‘jack-o-lantern’.
- The jack-o-lantern originated from Ireland, where they used to carve faces into root vegetables during the Gaelic festival of Samhain.
WHAT IS PUMPKIN CHUNKING?
- Pumpkin chunking is a competitive activity where the goal is to throw a pumpkin as far as possible with a custom-made mechanical device built by the competitors.
- The most common mechanical devices used are catapults, trebuchets, air cannons, and ballistas.
- Pumpkins may also be specialized and cultured to improve their aerodynamics and chances of being thrown far.
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the pumpkins across 23 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Pumpkin worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about a pumpkin which is a squash plant that is usually orange or deep yellow. Pumpkins have seeds, which is why they are technically considered a fruit. However, in cooking, they are considered vegetables.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Pumpkin Facts
- Yes or No?
- Spot The Pumpkins
- Pumpkin Dictionary
- Top-Producing States
- Yum, Pumpkin!
- Just Like Pumpkins
- Halloween Decor
- Rhyming Poem
- My Jack-O-Lantern
- Carved Pumpkin Collage
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