Pumpkins in the United States are a iconic part of fall festivities. Pumpkins are an orange fruit that is harvested in October. They are a nutritious and versatile plant that features flowers, seeds and flesh that are edible and rich in vitamins. They are carved into jack o’ lanterns for Halloween and used as decorations throughout Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Thinking about growing your own pumpkins? Pumpkin seeds should be planted between the end of May and middle of June. They take between 90 and 120 days to grow and are picked in October whn they are bright orange in color. The seeds from these pumpkins can be saved to grow new pumpkins next year.
- Six of the seven continents can grow pumpkins. Antarctica is the only continent they will not grow in.
- Pumpkins originated in Central America.
- The top pumpkin production states are California, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
- Between 90 – 95% of processed pumpkins in the United States are grown in Illinois.
- 80% of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.
- While most pumpkins are orange, they actually grown in a variety of colors including white, yellow, green and red.
- Pumpkin flowers are edible.
- Pumpkins are made up of 90% water.
- Pumpkin seeds can be roasted as a snack.
- Pumpkins are a member of the Cucurbita family which includes cucumbers and squash.