1. The word pumpkin originates from the Greek word pepon meaning “large melon.”

2. Pumpkins are 90% water. The largest pumpkin on record weighed in at a whopping 2009 lbs!

3. The largest pumpkin pie on record was baked by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers. The pie was 20 ft. in diameter and weighed 3,699 lbs!

4. Pumpkins were once believed to remove freckles and cure snakebites! While that may not be true, pumpkin is a great source of Vitamins A and C, Potassium, Zinc, and Fiber.

5. Colonists would hollow out pumpkins, and fill the inside with milk, spices, and honey. This is the beginning of pumpkin pie!

6. Pumpkins are a fruit.

7. One cup of cooked pumpkin contains just 49 calories.

8. Illinois is responsible for 90-95% of all pumpkins grown in the United States. Morton, Illinois is the self-proclaimed pumpkin capitol of the world, where the Libby’s Pumpkin plant resides.

9. Pumpkins are grown on 6 of the 7 continents!

10. The largest pumpkin on record weighed in at a whopping 2009 lbs!

11. Not only can you eat a pumpkin’s seeds, but the flowers are also edible.

12. Pumpkins should be planted from the last week of May through the middle of June.

13. Pumpkin seeds date back to 7000 BC, where they were found in Mexico.

14. Punkin Chunkin is an annual event that showcases design and engineering skills in an all-out battle to see which team can launch a pumpkin the farthest using catapults.

15. Wal-Mart is the largest buyer of pumpkins in the United States.

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