Eating pumpkins, though from the same species as the type that are carved, are typically much smaller and are bred for their sweetness rather than size. One serving of pumpkin, or 1 cup, is 50 calories and has zero fat. Pumpkin is high in vitamin A, fiber and potassium.Know More
Pumpkins can be prepared by being cut in half, having its seeds removed and being roasted on a baking sheet in a 400-degree oven. This cooked pumpkin can then be pureed and added to baked goods for both flavor and nutrition.
Pumpkin is widely used around the world in many cuisines, where it is prepared to be sweet or savory. The seeds of all types of pumpkin are also edible and can be tossed with olive oil and roasted in a 300-degree oven until crisp, or about 45 minutes.
There is no specific botanical distinction for pumpkins, but instead the term "pumpkin" is a common name. From the cucurbita genus, pumpkins are most closely related to summer and winter squash varieties. For this reason, many varieties of pumpkin puree sold are not commonly thought of pumpkins, but instead they are pureed squash. The USDA does not make a distinction between pumpkins and squash because they are so closely related and nearly identical from a nutritional standpoint.Learn more about Fruits & Veggies
Pumpkins should be harvested when they are ripe, usually around the end of summer or the beginning of fall. A pumpkin is ripe when it is orange all the way around, has a hard stem and skin and sounds hollow when slapped or thumped.Full Answer >
Pumpkins require a long growing season of 75 to 100 frost-free days according to The Old Farmers Almanac. Do not plant the seeds until there is no further danger of frost and the soil is warm. Otherwise, the seeds may rot or not germinate.Full Answer >
Pumpkins are considered to be a fruit. Botanists consider fruits to be the portion of a plant that forms from a flower and also the part of a plant that contains seeds. Stems, leaves, roots and even flower buds are considered to be vegetables.Full Answer >
As of 2012, Illinois led all U.S. states in pumpkin production. Morton, Ill. is the self-proclaimed "Pumpkin Capital of the World," and it produces over 100,000 tons of pumpkins each year.Full Answer >