Interesting and Fun Facts About Pumpkins
As you start incorporating more pumpkin into your fall recipes and learning about their
health benefits, don’t forget to learn more about pumpkins themselves. You can even
teach these facts to your kids to get them more interested in the healthy pumpkin meals
you put together.
Pumpkins Are a Type of Fruit
Definitely one of the more surprising facts about pumpkins is that they are a fruit, not a
vegetable. Many people consider pumpkins to be a vegetable, along with squash and
other gourds, but it is in fact a fruit. Fruits are typically defined by being planted with
seeds, which pumpkins definitely have. Therefore, while a part of the gourd family, they
are a type of fruit. This is also a warm-weather crop, similar to other types of winter
squash, which is why it is available to be harvested in the fall season.
There’s a Wide Range of Colors and Styles
Another fun fact about pumpkins is that there are many different colors, sizes, and even
shapes. When people think of pumpkins, they often envision round or oval bright orange
pumpkins, but this is only one of many varieties. Depending on where you live and what
is available, you might find pumpkins in red, yellow, white, or even multi-colored
varieties. Round and oval are common, but some are pear shaped, taller or shorter.
There are mini pumpkins, large ones, and every size in between. Naturally, some
pumpkins are better for carving, others are good for eating, and some of the more unique
ones are best for decorating.
Pumpkins Are Mostly Water
As you know, pumpkins contain a lot of amazing vitamins and minerals. This fruit is a
superfood with a long list of nutrients, including vitamin A, potassium, fiber, vitamin C,
vitamin E, magnesium, and many more minerals. They are also low in fat and calories,
and only moderate in carbs. Pumpkin fits into a lot of different diets, which is great.
Another fact about pumpkins is that they are about 90 percent water. This is partly why
they are so low in fat because they contain a lot of water, similar to cucumbers, lettuce,
More Facts About Pumpkins
Here are a few more things that you may not know about pumpkins:
The flowers that grow around pumpkins are completely edible, as well as the skin.
Pumpkins were once used for pie crust, instead of filling like it’s used for now.
Native Americans used pumpkin seeds for herbal medicine as well as food.
Pumpkins grow on all continents, with the exception of Antarctica.
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