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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.
This family also includes squash, gourds, cucumbers, and melons.
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!!
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."
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
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.
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.
It usually takes 90 to 120 days for a seed to grow into a ripened pumpkin.
Chronology of the Life Cycle of A Pumpkin
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Christy Harp brought a 1,725 pound pumpkin to the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off on Saturday, October 3, 2009.
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!
In colonial times, Native Americans roasted long strips of pumpkin in an open fire.
In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling!
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.
100 Things to Do With A Pumpkinhttp://www.youthonline.ca/halloween/101pumpkin.shtml
Anatomy of a Pumpkin
PowerPoint compiled B. Burkett