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As Halloween approaches, I thought it would neat to take a closer look at pumpkins.  Here are some random facts from Wikipedia:

  • The pumpkin is the state fruit of New Hampshire.
  • The pumpkin is from the Squash (Marrow) family and is related to the zucchini (courgette).
  • The largest pumpkin on record weighed 1689 lb (766 kg) and was grown by Joe Jutras in 2007. The largest pumpkins are really squash, Cucurbita maxima. They were culminated from the hubbard squash genotype, crossed with kabocha-pumpkin types by enthusiast farmers through intermittent effort since the early 1800s. As such germplasm is commercially provocative, a U.S. legal right was granted for the rounder phenotypes, levying them as constituting a variety, with the appellation “Atlantic Giant.” Processually this phenotype graduated back into the public domain, except now it had the name Atlantic Giant on its record (see USDA PVP # 8500204).
  • If you multiply the number of fruiting sections in a field pumpkin (C. pepo variety) by 16 it is the number of seeds in the pumpkin, give or take 10 or so. Guessing the number of seeds in the pumpkin is a game sometimes played by children.
  • Pumpkins are orange because they contain massive amounts of lutein, alpha- and beta-carotene. These nutrients turn to vitamin A in the body.
  • In Korea and Japan, the word translating to “pumpkin” is a slang term for an unattractive woman. In the American South and Midwest, however, the term “pumpkin” is sometimes used as an endearment.
  • Seeds from pumpkins that have been proven to produce big pumpkins can be sold at online auctions for considerable sums of money. The highest price paid for a single pumpkin seed was $850 for a 1068 Wallace seed in 2006.

What to do with your pumpkin after Halloween?  Why not race it?

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Written by Scott

October 16, 2007 at 4:46 pm

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