All about pumpkins


  • Pumpkins, like tomatoes, are a fruit, rather than a vegetable and were first grown in Central America.
  • The 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 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.

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