Pumpkins: Recipes, Facts, & More | The Foodscope

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Ah, the pumpkin. A universally adored squash, a seasonal celeb, a flashy orange-fleshed fruit. Yes, you read that right — a pumpkin is actually a fruit.  According to The Spruce Eats, the world “pumpkin” is derived from the Greek word “pepon,” meaning large melon. And this may blow your mind, because pumpkins taste nothing like cantaloupes, but they are both part of the gourd family. The more you know, eh?

A few more facts:

  • In the US alone, more than 1.5 billion lbs of pumpkins are produced. Oh my gourdness, that’s a lot of pumpkins.
  • Pumpkins were “discovered’ in North America in the late 1500s and have been cultivated ever since.
  • Injecting steroids into pumpkins turns them into jock o’ lanterns.
  • Pumpkins are 90% water.

Pumpkin Recipes from Around the World

BONUS: Below is a chart of popular pumpkin varieties in the US.

Pumpkin Varieties

Hope you enjoyed this installment of The Foodscope. What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe? I love a warm, thick, and creamy pumpkin soup.

Gigi Nally
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