As the dark long nights draw in, a certain chill nips at your nose and the leaves begin to fall off the trees you will start to see them popping up in the greengrocer... Yes I am talking about the beautiful pumpkin! But as well as being a symbol of trick or treating and things that go pump in the night there is a lot more to the pumpkin than meets the eye... here are some fun facts about the pumpkin...
- The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon (πέπων), which is Greek for “large melon".
- If you happen to have a fairy Godmother she will be able to turn your pumpkin in to a carriage.
- The pumpkin is native to North America.
- Pumpkin seeds are a very good source of protein, magnesium and zinc!
- Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King (in Tim Buton's Nightmare Before Christmas!)
- 90% of pumpkins are water.
- You can eat the yellow flower that blooms on a pumpkin.
- Using pumpkins as lanterns at Halloween is based on an ancient Celtic custom brought to America by European immigrants.
- The world's heaviest pumpkin was grown by Chris Stevens (USA) and was recorded on October 9, 2010 weighing 1,810.5 lbs. (source: Guinness World Records)