Fun Facts About Pumpkins

90% of the pumpkins grown in the U.S. are raised within a 90-mile radius of Peoria, Illinois.

Until 2015, Starbucks “Pumpkin Spice Latte” contained no actual pumpkin.

Pumpkin seeds have quite a bit of tryptophan and may help with anxiety disorders.

A farmer named Tony Dighera developed a plastic mold to put over his pumpkins so that they grow into the face of Frankenstein. Known as “Pumpkinsteins”, it took him 4 years, 27 varieties of pumpkin and $400,000 to perfect his idea.

Every year, CalTech drops a pumpkin frozen in liquid Nitrogen from the top of a building.

The canned pumpkin most people use for pumpkin pie is actually just butternut squash.

Boulder, Colorado is home to an event called the Naked Pumpkin Run in which participants run wearing nothing but shoes and a carved out pumpkin on their heads.

According to the scientific definition of the term pumpkins, bananas, and watermelons are all considered berries, whereas blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries are not.

Giant Pumpkins can grow as much as 60 lbs. (27.2kg) per day under the right conditions.

According to Balkan tradition, virtually any kind of pumpkin or melon kept more than ten days or after Christmas will become a vampire.

People originally carved faces in turnips, until we discovered pumpkins in the new world, which are a lot easier to carve.

Pumpkin and Zucchini are the same plant species.

In Ukraine, pumpkins are a symbol of rejection.

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