Pumpkins, like tomatoes, are a fruit, rather than a vegetable and were first grown in Central America.
The scientific name for a pumpkin, Curcurbita pepo comes from the Greek “pepo” which means to ripen in the sun.
Each pumpkin, which take between 90 to 120 days to grow, has around 500 seeds. Seeds have been found in Mexico that date back to 5,500 B.C.
Pumpkins are low in calories, fat and sodium and high in fibre. They are good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein and iron.
Pumpkins are mainly pollinated by bees.
A pumpkin is 90% water.
Carving a pumpkin has evolved from the Celtic tradition of carving a turnip and using burning embers inside on All Hallow Eve to ward off evil spirits.
It is thought that when the Irish settlers arrived in America they changed from carving turnips to pumpkins as they were available and easier to carve.
Stephen Clarke [USA] holds the record for the fastest time to carve a pumpkin at 16.47 seconds on October 31, 2013 (Source: Guinness World Records).
The largest pumpkin pie was made in USA in 2010 and was 6m in diameter. (Source: Guinness World Records).
Beni Meier has the world record for the heaviest pumpkin in 2014 which was over a ton (Source: Guinness World Records).
There are many variations of the Cinderella story but a pumpkin turning into a coach to take her to the ball first appeared in a French version in the 17th century. The French pumpkin Rouge Vif d’Etampes is supposed to be the one it was based on