I’ll admit it…I love pumpkins! In fact, the first thing I ever grew was pumpkins; which turned out great, by the way.
Everywhere you go, pumpkins are the star during the month of October. In fact, 80% of the annual pumpkin crop in the U.S. is available in October, helping to flavor our pumpkin lattes, pumpkin scones, pumpkin cookies, and of course, pumpkin pies. We definitely love our pumpkins!
But how much do you really know about pumpkins? Take our true or false quiz and find out!
- The typical pumpkin has approximately 250 seeds.
- Pumpkins are grown only in the U.S.
- Pumpkins are considered a vegetable
- The first pumpkins were grown in North America
- The world’s largest pumpkin weighed 2,323 pounds
- Pilgrims enjoyed pumpkin pie at the first Thanksgiving feast
- Pumpkins are gluten free
- Pumpkins are 50% water
- Every part of a pumpkin is edible
- Pumpkin pie is America’s favorite pie
Here are the correct responses:
- False. The typical pumpkin has about 500 seeds.
- False. Pumpkins are grown on every continent with the exception of Antarctica.
- False. A pumpkin is technically a fruit, as well as a member of the gourd family.
- False. The first pumpkins were actually grown in Central America, with pumpkins appearing in North America around 5,000 years ago. Interestingly, about 95% of pumpkins grown in the U.S. are grown in Illinois.
- False. This was actually true until this past Monday, when a farmer from Washington State broke the record with a pumpkin weighing in at a whopping 2,363 pounds.
- False. Pilgrims enjoyed stewed pumpkin at the first Thanksgiving feast, but no pumpkin pie was served.
- True. Pumpkin is entirely gluten free, as are zucchini, eggplant, cucumber, and squash.
- False. Pumpkins are actually 90% water, making them naturally low in calories as well.
- True. The skin, the leaves, pulp, seeds, and even the stem is edible.
- False. According to the American Pie Council, Apple Pie is the pie of choice for most Americans, followed by Pumpkin Pie.
So how did you do? Are you a pumpkin expert, or did you learn a few things today? Whatever your score, here’s hoping for a deliciously pumpkin flavored fall! And if you want to know how to grow pumpkins (or anything), using regenerative agriculture techniques, visit our website today!
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Ione Skafte says
Pumpkins grown in huge numbers across modt of southern Canada. You say pumpkins are only grown in US. Thousands of pumpkins are grown in Canada. In fact we produce some of the largest pumpkins.
Carrie Stearns says
Thank you for commenting, Ione. It’s actually a True/False quiz and this statement was a “False”. You are correct, pumpkins are grown in Canada!