37 interesting facts about the pumpkin

Posted on Jun 19, 2022      23

The pumpkin plant is very important for agriculture. It is consumed as food, some of its varieties are grown as animal feed, and representatives of certain peoples make a variety of things out of pumpkins, sometimes very unusual. These fruits are very diverse and they accept root in a variety of environments, demonstrating a powerful ability to survive.

Facts about the pumpkin

1. The world’s largest pumpkin is the giant pumpkin. The record-breaking specimen was grown in Belgium, and it weighed over a ton - 1190 kg.

2. In South America, the Indians were growing pumpkins long before Europeans.

3. These plants come in both annuals and perennials. There are only about 100 species of annuals.

4. In botanical terms, pumpkin, like watermelon, refers to berries.

5. In different countries, pumpkin is used to make soups, baked goods and many other dishes.

6. There are about 800 varieties of the plant, but only a quarter of them can be eaten.

7. Modern pumpkins appeared on Earth recently, about 7,000 years ago. Most likely, they were bred by the first breeders from among the ancient people.

8. In ancient times on the territory of modern Ukraine, orange pumpkins were part of matchmaking ceremonies.

9. The birthplace of the pumpkin is Mexico. Since then, this plant has spread around the world.

10. Because of the high content of vitamins A and E, regular consumption of pumpkin slows down the aging process.

11. To make a liter of pumpkin seed oil, you need 30 to 40 medium-sized.

12. The vitamin T in pumpkins helps the body absorb heavy foods more easily.

13. The iron content of the pumpkin pulp is higher than that of any other vegetable. Yes, yes, it’s not a vegetable, it’s a berry, but everyone is used to thinking of pumpkin as a vegetable.

14. On average, pumpkin is 90% water. The exact value depends on the variety of the plant.

15. In Germany, in the city of Ludwigsburg, every fall there is a pumpkin festival.

16. Zucchinis, cucumbers, and watermelons are botanically related to the pumpkin.

17. The Irish have been carving lanterns for Samhain, the prototype of Halloween, out of rutabagas since ancient times. In the United States, their descendants decided it was easier to carve them from a pumpkin because of its softness.

18. The French explorer Jacques Cartier, the first European to discover pumpkins, mistook them for giant watermelons.

19. The flowers of some types of pumpkins are quite edible.

20. In ancient times, many herbalists believed pumpkin helped with snake bites. In fact, it doesn’t.

21. Fresh pumpkin juice is a natural sleeping aid.

22. Pumpkin seeds are very useful, and fully mature pumpkin seeds are much healthier than young pumpkin seeds are.

23. South American Indians once made mats  from strips of dried pumpkin.

24. Fresh pumpkin pulp helps relieve the pain of superficial burns.

25. In Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyzstan), special grade pumpkins are used to make koumiss storage bottles. This traditional drink keeps its freshness longer.

26. Once a year a large pumpkin festival is held in Japan.

27. Pumpkin juice is a natural antioxidant.

28. In Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, mate, the local equivalent of tea, is very popular. It is brewed in vessels made from the dried fruits of small pumpkins, peeled from the pulp.

29. In some African countries, dried pumpkin fruits are used by locals as motorcycle helmets.

30. Medieval alchemists almost always included pumpkin juice as part of their charm potions.

31. In some Chinese provinces, the pumpkin is considered a powerful talisman, protecting its owner from evil forces.

32. Although the Indians have for centuries ate pumpkins, the Europeans at first treated this fruit with distrust, and ate it only in the 16th century.

33. To Europe, according to some reports, thanks to the expedition of Christopher Columbus.

34. The most pumpkins in the world are grown in the U.S. state of Illinois.

34. In some Central Asian countries, large pumpkins are used to make cages for small songbirds.

36. Pumpkins come in a variety of colors - orange, yellow, white, green, blue, and even striped. Shapes, too, vary from round or elongated to pear-shaped.

37. These fruits are very low in calories. One kilogram of pumpkin contains only about 250 kcal.