You might have eaten pumpkin many times but have you ever knew that pumpkin is not a vegetable but a fruit? Moreover, 90 percent of a pumpkin is water and it contains potassium and Vitamin A. Furthermore, do you know pumpkins are mostly produced in the United States? And, Morton, Illinois is famous as the Pumpkin Capital of the World.
There are many more facts about pumpkin, which you might not have heard. Therefore, we have collected those facts in this post that will definitely amaze you. So, go through these pumpkin facts for kids and enjoy.
Pumpkin Facts for Kids
1. The original name of the pumpkin was ‘gros melon’ in French and ‘pompions’ in the English language.
2. During the 17th century, it was named a pumpkin.
3. It contains more potassium and Vitamin A.
4. Pumpkin flowers are also edible.
5. Pumpkins are actually fruit, not a vegetable.
6. Roasted pumpkin seeds have a great taste.
7. It can be grown in every continent except Antarctica.
8. The highest pumpkin-producing country in the United States where every year over 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins produced.
9. 90-95 percent of the U.S pumpkin production is from Illinois.
10. The fruit originated from Central America.
11. Pumpkin is the main food served on Thanksgiving Day in the United States.
12. 80 percent of the total pumpkin production in the United States is ripe in a single month that is October.
13. The World’s heaviest pumpkin was from Germany in October 2016.
14. It weighed over 2,600 pounds.
15. Each pumpkin contains around 500 seeds.
16. Pumpkin seeds reduce the risk of prostate disorder in men.
17. Morton, Illinois is famous as the ‘Pumpkin Capital of the World’.
18. Pumpkin pie is a famous dessert that originated in North America.
19. It is also used usually as decoration at the Halloween festival.
20. Pumpkin is a member of the Cucurbita family, which includes cucumber, squash, etc.
21. The Irish bought the tradition of pumpkin carving to America.
22. 90 percent water contains in a pumpkin.
23. Native Americans also used pumpkin seeds as medicine.
24. There are 45 plus varieties of pumpkin all around the world.
25. Pumpkins are used as baked, roasted, steamed as well as boiled.
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