Thursday, October 30, 2008

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The name pumpkin orginated from "pepon" – the Greek word for "large melon."

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The top pumpkin production states are Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California.

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Pumpkins are fruits. A pumpkin is a type of squash and is a member of the gourd family (Cucurbitacae), which include squash, cucumbers, gherkins, and melons.

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Pumpkin seeds should be planted between the last week of May and the middle of June. They take between 90 and 120 days to grow and are picked in October when they are bright orange in color. Their seeds can be saved to grow new pumpkins the next year.

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The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.

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Colonists sliced off pumpkin tops; removed seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. This was baked in hot ashes and is the origin of pumpkin pie.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Lioux said...

I once brought a canned pumpkin to a pumpkin carving party/contest.

My Jack-O-Lantern was metal.

October 31, 2008  

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