Truly, the first time you see a pumpkin patch each fall, dotted with bright orange orbs of all sizes, aren't you just a little giddy? Our fall season is enriched in many ways because of the pumpkin.
Following the Fun Facts and the Nutrition Profile, you will find a fabulous recipe for Spicy Pumpkin Soup. I think you will love it and it is so easy. Try it out!
Fun FactsOther common names for pumpkins are Field Pumpkin and Vegetable Mallow. Pumpkin seeds are also known as pepitas. Pumpkin flowers are edible. According to Wikipedia, canned pumpkin is often recommended by veterinarians as a dietary supplement for dogs and cats that are experiencing digestive problems. The high fiber content helps to aid proper digestion. Raw pumpkin can be fed to poultry, as a supplement to regular feed, during the winter to help maintain egg production, which usually drops off during the cold months. Pumpkin for pet health. I love it!
Pumpkins are an iconic symbol of the bounty of harvest. They are native to the Western Hemisphere, it is believed. In Colonial days, the pumpkin, or pompion as it was called, was an important food source and was crucial to survival through the hungry winter months.
Pumpkins and squashes of all sorts could be baked or roasted whole in the fire, cut up and boiled, or added to soup. Did you know that if you pour milk in a hollowed out pumpkin and bake it, you will get pumpkin pudding. I haven't tried it yet, but I intend to!
An eighteenth-century pumpkin by Joseph Plenck.
Pumpkins are also very prominent in folklore and fiction. Think of jack-o-lanterns, the Great Pumpkin, Cinderella's carriage, the headless horseman in Sleepy Hollow, etc.
- "There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin." -- Linus van Pelt in It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown