There's more to this fall gourd than meets the eye. You'll never believe these hidden facts!
Plus, we've got 40 pumpkin decorating ideas that you'll love!
1. Pumpkin pie wasn't always sweet.
Pumpkin pie dates back to the colonial period, when colonists filled a pumpkin's interior with milk, spices and honey. The concoction was then baked in hot ashes. Thank goodness the recipe has changed since then.
Here's one of our favorites: Classic Pumpkin Pie.
2. They used to be medicine.
Got a snakebite or a few freckles? Pumpkin will clear that right up! Or at least that's what people thought back in the 18th century when medicine men prescribed pumpkin as a cure-all.
3. Jack-O-Lanterns weren't always pumpkins.
Even though pumpkin carving is a huge American tradition, turnips, potatoes or beets were the original Jack-O-Lanterns. Can you imagine a carved beet?
4. They come in more than 50 varieties.
A pumpkin is a pumpkin is a pumpkin, right? Not so! While everyone knows the classic Howden Field variety, you may not have heard of the Atlantic Giant, which grows to more than 100 pounds, the precious Little Boo, or the miniature Munchkin varieties.
5. The largest Jack-O-Lantern weighed more than a horse.
Think your Jack-O-Lantern is huge? You've got nothing on Scott Cully. In 2010, this determined New Yorker carved a pumpkin that weighed 1,810 pounds! The average horse weighs about 1,000 pounds.
6. Pumpkins are grown all over the world.
This tough fruit grows on almost every continent, including super cold climates like Alaska. The only place you won't find pumpkins? Antarctica.
7. They're mostly water.
Pumpkins might seem substantial, but really, they're 90 percent water. Still, this didn't stop the world's largest pumpkin from weighing more than 2,000 pounds. The world's largest watermelon weighs in at a measly 268 pounds.
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