Before you begin building your spooky pumpkin – here are some interesting facts about them!
- Pumpkins are usually orange but can sometimes be yellow, white, green or red.
- The name pumpkin comes from the Greek word ‘pepon’, meaning ‘large melon’.
- Pumpkins have thick shells which contain pulp and seeds.
- Pumpkins are usually shaped like a sphere (ball).
- Giant pumpkins can be grown for competitions, with some weighing over 450 kilograms.
- Pumpkin plants feature both male and female flowers, with bees typically being involved in pollination (the transfer of pollen).
- As a food, pumpkin can be baked, roasted, steamed or boiled.
- Pumpkin soup is popular, as are roasted pumpkin seeds.
- Scientifically speaking, pumpkins are a fruit (they contain seeds) but when it comes to cooking, they are often referred to as vegetables.