Pumpkins!. http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/senior/vegetabl/pumpkin1.htm. Pumpkins are members of the “ Cucurbita " family of plants. . This family also includes squash , gourds , cucumbers , and melons . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pumpkin.
Pumpkins are members of the “Cucurbita" family of plants.
This family also includes squash, gourds, cucumbers, and melons.
Pumpkins are Fruits!
They have hard shells.
A central cavity within the fruit holds the seeds and coarse, stringy pulp.
Pumpkins are usually yellow-orange to orange in color, and sometimes white.
Pumpkins are usually shaped like a flattened globe, or can be oblong or pear shaped.
The skin or shell is somewhat smooth and sometimes has vertical lines down the side of the fruit.
Pumpkin fruits can vary greatly in size from less than five pounds to more than one hundred pounds!!
Six of the seven continents can grow pumpkins!
They even grow in the state of Alaska (On which continent is Alaska?)
Antarctica is the only continent that they won't grow in.
The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for "large melon" which is "pepon."
"Pepon" was changed by the French into "pompon."
The English changed "pompon" to "Pumpion."
American colonists changed "pumpion" into "pumpkin."
Pumpkins grow from seeds.
The seeds are usually planted in the spring after danger of frost has passed – late April or May.
Chronology of the Life Cycle of A Giant Atlantic Pumpkin
The pumpkin plant is a vine.
It has large, dark green leaves, orange trumpet-shaped flowers, and prickly hairs on the stems and leaves. Like cucumbers, corn, and muskmelons, the pumpkin has separate male and female flowers on the same plant.
Pumpkin plants have large, dark green, lobed leaves.
Pumpkin flowers are yellow and they are edible!
They are 4 to 5 inches in diameter.
The vine has separate male and female flowers.
The fruit is beginning to form at the base of this female flower.
This is a male pumpkin flower.
Pumpkins are harvested in the fall!
It usually takes 90 to 120 days for a seed to grow into a ripened pumpkin.
Chronology of the Life Cycle of A Pumpkin
There are lots of varieties of pumpkins!
Tahitian Pink Banana
The Atlantic Giant is the largest variety of pumpkin!
Joe Jutras from North Scituate, Rhode Island, brought a
1689 pound pumpkin to the Topsfield Fair GPC weigh-off in Topsfield, Ma. on September 29, 2007!
Pumpkins are good for you!
Pumpkin Nutrition Facts(1 cup cooked, boiled, drained, without salt)
Calories 49Protein 2 gramsCarbohydrate 12 gramsDietary Fiber 3 gramsCalcium 37 mgIron 1.4 mgMagnesium 22 mgPotassium 564 mg
Zinc 1 mgSelenium .50 mgVitamin C 12 mgNiacin 1 mgFolate 21 mcgVitamin A 2650 IUVitamin E 3 mg
Pumpkins are 90 % water!
Carving out faces in big pumpkins to make jack-o'-lanterns is now an American tradition, but the jack-o'-lantern didn't originate here.
Halloween began in Ireland where the first jack-o'-lanterns were made of potatoes, rutabagas, turnips, or beets.
According to an old Irish legend, a man called Stingy Jack had been mean and conniving while he lived, and after his death was forced to walk the Earth carrying a turnip lantern with a burning coal inside. He became known as "Jack of the Lantern" or "Jack-o'-lantern." The Irish put jack-o'-lanterns in windows or by doors on Halloween night to scare him and other evil spirits away. It wasn't until Irish immigrants came to America that pumpkins were used.
So the next time you put a jack-o'-lantern in your window, stop and think about mean ol' Jack.
More Pumpkin Facts
Pumpkin Classroom Activitieshttp://www.umkc.edu/imc/pumpkin.htm
Anatomy of a Pumpkin
How many ways can you decorate a pumpkin?
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