Happy National Pumpkin Day
The world cannot get enough of pumpkins this time of year.
Everything is pumpkin-spiced. There are pumpkin bars. Pumpkin cookies. Pumpkin coffee. Pumpkin cheesecake. Pumpkin oatmeal. Even pumpkin pasta!
Look around. There are pumpkin patches, festivals, and bake-offs.
And if you love it all, well, today is your day. Get out your hashtag for #NationalPumpkinDay.
That’s right. Today is a celebration of that beautiful gourd we all know as pumpkins.
You’ve probably carved your jack-o-lantern by now, but you can still celebrate the fruit by learning about it.
Did you know the squash is native to North America? The oldest evidence of pumpkin-related seeds dates to around 7000 and 5500 BC in Mexico.
And here’s a fun fact: The word pumpkin originates from “pepon,” which is Greek for “large melon.”
Of course, there are many varieties these days, including the popular white pumpkins. There are contests to see who can grow the biggest pumpkins. In 2021, a massive pumpkin weighed in at 2,703 pounds!
And, yes, pumpkins are good for you. They are packed with nutrition – for humans, dogs, and cats!
So, roast some pumpkin seeds, whip up a pumpkin dish, and enjoy National Pumpkin Day!