Ways to use a pumpkin:
Cooking: Although you can make your own pumpkin puree at home, most people prefer the store-bought pumpkin that comes in a can. Common ways to use pumpkin in cooking include: pumpkin pie, cake, bread, rolls, cookies, seeds, soup and ravioli.
Serving: Use a pumpkin as a serving dish after hollowing out the insides. Use the lids to keep food warm while waiting. This would work well with vegetables or stuffing.
Floral design: Hollow out a pumpkin and use it as a vase for a bouquet. Make sure you use autumn colors with your flowers and accessories to match.
Carving or painting: Make your jack-o-lantern unique by carving or painting faces of famous people, animals or your roommate. Use several pumpkins to make a larger design, like a caterpillar.
Candle holder: After hollowing out the pumpkin, fill it with tall candles. Use a knife to make a decorative scalloped rim around the opening.
Dating: Write a message on a pumpkin and leave it for your prospective date to find.
- The majority of the British population has never eaten pumpkin.
- The world record pumpkin in 2008 was 1,878 pounds and 16 feet around.
- Pumpkins are believed to have originated in the Americas.
- Instead of using the pumpkin for a filling in pies, colonial bakers used it in the crust.
- Almost all of the pumpkins in the United States are grown in Illinois, specifically near Peoria.
- During October, 80 percent of the United States' pumpkin supply is available.
- Pumpkins are rich in potassium, fiber and Vitamin C.