15 Fun Pumpkin Statistics
- #1 Pumpkins are indigenous to the Western Hemisphere and were completely unknown in Europe before the time of Columbus.
- #2 Pumpkin seeds dating back to 7.000 B.C. have been found in caves of Mexico. Pumpkins were eaten in Africa, China and India in the 6th century.
- #3 Colonists sliced off pumpkin tops, removed seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. This was baked in hot ashes and is the origin of pumpkin pie.
- #4 Long before pumpkin carving became popular, Celtic people in Ireland carved turnips and lit them with embers, to ward off evil spirits. When Irish immigrants came to America, they found pumpkins were bigger and
easier to carve for such celebrations.
- #5 1/3 of the United States pumpkin crop is canned.
- #6 80% of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.
- #7 Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
- #8 Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made mats.
- #9 Pumpkins are grown on every continent except Antarctica.
- #10 Morton, Illinois is the self-proclaimed Capital of Pumpkins.
- #11 Around 90 to 95% of the processed pumpkins in the United States are grown in Illinois.
- #12 Jerry Ayers carved a ton of pumpkins in a record-setting 7 hours, 11 minutes on Oct. 16, 1999 in Ohio. Each pumpkin featured eyes, ears, a nose, mouth and eyebrows.
- #13 In 2005, folks in Ohio put together the largest pumpkin pie ever made; it weighed 2.020 pounds. It measured 12 feet, 4 inches wide and 4 inches deep. The pie recipe included 900 pounds of pumpkin, 155 dozen
eggs, 62 gallons of evaporated milk, 300 pounds of sugar, 3.5 pounds of salt, 7 pounds of cinnamon and 2 pounds of pumpkin pie spice.
- #14 In 2009, Christy harp's pumpkin weighed 1.725 pounds in Ohio.
- #15 Using an air cannon to propel a pumpkin thousand of feet is called "Pumpkin Chuckin". The world record stands at 4.434.28 feet.
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