13 Frightfully fun facts about pumpkins for kids!

Following on from our pumpkin making feature, and keeping the theme of Halloween fun times, we thought we would give you a feast of facts to share with the little ones while you’re carving up your Jack o’lantern in our family holiday parks, Wales.  There’s sure to be a lovely selection of round, juicy pumpkins for you to get your hands on in the vicinity so you won’t have to bring your own along with you if you don’t want. So while you’re busy having fun with your Halloween creations, why not give the children some fun facts to take away with them?

  1. The tradition of carving pumpkins originally started with the carving of turnips. When the Irish immigrated to the U.S., they found pumpkins a plenty and they were much easier to carve.
  2. The standard colour of a pumpkin is orange, as we’re sure you already know. But, you will sometimes come across yellow, green, red and even a ghostly white shade too!
  3. Pumpkins vary in weight vastly, but the average size for a pumpkin weighs in at just short of 1 stone, or 6.35kg.
  4. If you wanted to use another pumpkin for something other than a Jack o’lantern, you can use it to eat, also a common thing to do with it. The pumpkin can be boiled, baked, roasted, steamed or boiled to make a whole host of different tasty meals. Pumpkin soup is a ‘hot’ favourite of ours!
  5. As we mentioned, pumpkin soup is really yummy and also very popular, as well as nutritious, but have you ever tried roasted pumpkin seeds? Delicious!
  6. Six of the seven continents can grow pumpkins. Antarctica is the only continent that they won’t grow in.
  7. The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds, or 518kg!
  8. Pumpkin plants have both have male and female flowers, and the bees are typically involved in the pollination process.
  9. The pumpkin flowers are edible.
  10. Pumpkins are 90 percent water.
  11. Pumpkins got their name from the Greek word ‘pepon’, which means ‘large melon’.
  12. Scientifically speaking, pumpkins are a fruit, because of the fact that they contain seeds, but when it comes to cooking, they are often referred to as vegetables.
  13. However, the official term for a pumpkin is a squash.
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