Cool Pumpkin Facts for Kids, Are Pumpkins Good for You? How Many Colors Can a Pumpin Be?

  • Pumpkins are a type of squash.
  • Pumpkins aren’t only orange but they can also be yellow, green, white or blue.
  • Over 1 billion pounds of pumpkins are grown in the US every year.
  • Did you know that pumpkins were native to Mexico, now they are grown on every continent except for Antarctica.
  • Pumpkin comes from the Greek word pepon which means large melon.
  • Pumpkins come in a lot of different sizes from small to very large.
  • Pumpkins have seeds so they are really a fruit however, we often refer to them as a vegetable.
  • Pumpkins are 90% water.
  • Pumpkins are high in fiber, contain Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein and iron.
  • We can eat pumpkin in many different ways.
  • Pumpkin can be baked, rosted, steamed or boiled.
  • Pumpkins can be used to make pies, bread, soups, pasta and more.
  • You can even eat pumpkin seeds and flowers!
  • Pumpkin pie is a popular Fall and Thanksgiving desert.
  • Pumpkins were a large part of  Native American’s diet.
  • Native Americans also weaved dried strips of pumpkin into mats.
  • Pumpkins were once used to cure snake bits and remove freckles.
  • The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed in at 2,032 pounds on October 11, 2013.