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The Humble Pumpkin – Musings by Avas Flowers

on October 30, 2013

Pumpkins are a traditional fall food. It is a type of squash with a roundish shape and a smooth ribbed skin with a distinctive deep orange color. This squash is native to North America and the oldest evidence to its existence dates back to between 7700 to 5500 BC. The average pumpkin usually averages between 8 and 20 pounds be certain varieties can weigh almost a ton.

The pumpkin is a popularly grow plant in the United States. Over 1.5 billion pounds of it are grown each year. The top pumpkin growing states are Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana and California. Pumpkins have many uses in cooking, probably the most famous is pumpkin pie a traditional fall and Thanksgiving dessert. They are used in many other baking endeavors such as pumpkin bread, muffins and other delights. The are used are the main ingredient in soups and bake and served like other plants in the squash family. Even its seeds are roasted and used as a healthy snack food. A quick browse on the internet can obtain many more recipes for this versatile food.

Pumpkins have many other uses. A familiar one is the carving of jack-o-lanterns a traditional item of Halloween. There are many pumpkin carving competitions throughout the United States and some of the carvings are truly amazing. There are even pumpkin growing competitions where the aim is to grow the largest pumpkins. They can grow pumpkins to the enormous size of over 1,800 pounds! Probably the weirdest use of pumpkins is the growing sport of “pumpkin chucking” where contestants create various mechanical devices to hurl a pumpkin through the air for the longest distance.

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