National Pumpkin Day

National Pumpkin Day

National Pumpkin Day: 14 Facts

10.26.2016

Who knew today was National Pumpkin Day? We sure didn’t. But since Halloween is right around the corner, we thought it would be fun share some pumpkin facts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

All 50 states produce pumpkins

About half of the produced pumpkins in the U.S. is grown in six states

U.S. farmers in the top six pumpkin-producing states produced 753.8 million pounds of pumpkins in 2015

Pumpkin production dropped more than 40 percent from 2014 to 2015 largely due to a drop in acreage planted and harvested in Illinois

Illinois remained the leading producer of pumpkins by acreage in 2015, with almost 80 percent of acres typically devoted to production for pie filling and processing uses

Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A.

Pumpkin flowers are edible.

National Pumpkin Day

The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.

In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.

Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.

The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.

The Connecticut field variety is the traditional American pumpkin.

Pumpkins are 90 percent water.

Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.

National Pumpkin day

Well, there you have it! You learn something new everyday.

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