October is the most popular month for pumpkins. Most of the pumpkins grown are sold in October. Pumpkins are not only used as Jack O’ Lanterns, but also eaten in pies and soups. Pumpkin seeds are also eaten and make a good snack. This article outlines 4 facts about pumpkins.
1. Pumpkins are nutritious
Pumpkins contain plenty of vitamin A and potassium. Vitamin A is beneficial to the eyes. It helps the eyes adjust to light changes. Potassium is good for keeping the brain functioning well. Potassium also helps in reducing blood pressure. Pumpkins are also a good source of fibre.
2. Pumpkins originated in North America
It is believed that pumpkins originated in North America and Christopher Columbus took seeds back to England with him whenever he returned there. Pumpkins are now grown in most parts of the world.
3. Pumpkins have had interesting uses
Pumpkins were once thought to remove freckles and cure snake bites. Pumpkin is a popular pie filling now, but before it became a filling the pumpkin was actually used in the crust.
4. Pumpkin records
The largest pumpkin ever grown was 1818 pounds. The largest pumpkin pie ever made was 3,699 pounds and used an amazing 233 dozen eggs.
Pumpkins are not just a great autumn decoration, but a nutritious food to eat as well. Take advantage of the abundance of pumpkins this season.