Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Pumpkin

Last week we looked at Black Cats this week we shift focus to Pumpkins

Pumpkins come from the squash family 

and are native to North America. We are all familiar with pumpkin pie but did you know that the pumpkin in cans of Pumpkin Puree is not the same pumpkin used for "Jack-O-Lanterns"? The delicious and convenient puree in a can is made from a different variety of pumpkin or winter squash while carving pumpkins are from a variety called Connecticut Field variety.

The word pumpkin comes to us from the Greek word pepon which became pompon through the French with the British making it pumpoin and finally in America it became pumpkin. 

These bright, cheerful squash grow on every continent but Antarctica. 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins are produced each year. 

The carving of Pumpkins for Halloween originated from an Irish myth about a man name "Stingy Jack" or you may know the story by the name "Jack of the Lantern".

The tradition of a carved squash turned lantern came over to America with the Scottish, and immigrants. 

As we continue our look into things associated with Halloween I present The Pumpkin.

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