Information courtesy of Kansas Farm Bureau’s Safety and Ag Ed Division
- A pumpkin is really a squash. It’s a member of the Cucurbita family which includes squash and cucumbers.
- Pumpkins are grown in seven continents. Antarctica is the only continent on which they won’t grow.
- Pumpkin flowers are edible.
- 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.
- Pumpkins are 90 percent water.
- Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made mats. They also used the seeds for food and medicine.
Photo credit: Rich Bowen