Sunday, February 3, 2008

No.14: Pumpkin

Not only popular during Halloween, pumpkins are carving their way into households all year round!

1. Pumpkins consist of 90% water and if you fill a pumpkin with milk and then bake it, you will have a pudding.

2. Pumpkin seeds which can be roasted as a snack are also used for deworming.

3. Pumpkin carving was taken to the US by the Irish, who started carving turnips for their annual Samhain holiday. They soon found that pumpkins were easier to carve than turnips.

4. If your pumpkin lantern shrivels up, you can rehydrate it by soaking it overnight in water.

5. In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for pie crusts, not the filling.

Reference: Wikipedia, Ezine Articles, Farm Bureau Kids, BBC, Pumpkins & More

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