Tuesday, 23 October 2012

The Pumpkin!

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)

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