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
- Polish Pickled Pumpkin
- Australian Roast Pumpkin Salad
- Chinese Savory Pumpkin Rice Porridge
- Brazilian Pumpkin Compote
- Classic American Pumpkin Pie
- British Pumpkin Houmous (Hummus)
- Italian Pumpkin Ravioli
- Mexican Pumpkin Empanadas
- Dutch Pumpkin Soup
BONUS: Below is a chart of popular pumpkin varieties in the US.
Hope you enjoyed this installment of The Foodscope. What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe? I love a warm, thick, and creamy pumpkin soup.