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October 26th is National Pumpkin Day

Fall is here, and we’re ready for pumpkin everything! It’s the perfect time to indulge in pumpkin bars, pies, cookies, coffee, cheesecake, pasta, roasted seeds, and oatmeal. On October 26th we celebrate our favorite spooky and silly decoration and food, the pumpkin! Is there anything pumpkins can’t do?

White pumpkins are the newest fad in pumpkin fashion in the U.S.! They are great for carving and painting due to their bright, white canvas-like skin. Pumpkins grow in many colors ranging from the classic bright orange, to yellow, brown, grey and white.

Pumpkin Facts:

  1. Did you know that the word pumpkin originated from the word pepon? Pepon means “large melon” in Greek.
  2. At 2,323-pounds, the world’s largest giant pumpkin was grown in Switzerland!
  3. The United States produces over 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins. The pumpkin state is Illinois, as it produces more than any other state.
  4. Health-minded people will be happy to know that pumpkin is high in vitamins and minerals while being low in calories. It’s also a great source of beta-carotene which your body converts into vitamin A (great for good vision, a healthy immune system, and cell growth)!

Source: nationaldaycalendar.com