13 Unusual & Fun Facts About Pumpkins

13 Unusual & Fun Facts About Pumpkins

Pumpkins are the unofficial mascot of fall. Seeing those bright orange orbs with green stems show up in grocery stores and at farmers’ markets signals the transition from the hot summer to cooler temperatures, crisper air, and, of course, Halloween. But how much do you know about pumpkins? Probably not much — at least until now. Here’s everything you need to know about pumpkins, including a few facts that’ll make you say “oh, my gourd!” 1. Pumpkins Are Technically a Fruit So you might not find pumpkin included in a delicious fruit salad recipe, but it’s technically a fruit. The reason: It contains seeds. Pumpkin is a type of winter squash and is closely related to cucumbers and melons. 2. Pumpkins Are Packed With Nutrition Pumpkins are a nutrient-dense and naturally low-calorie food. One cup of cooked pumpkin is only 49 calories, but contains 49 percent of your daily needs for vitamin... Read More