Have you ever carved a “Cucurbita?
That’s the Latin name for a family of vegetables that includes cucumbers and squash—especially the big orange variety that’s seen this time of year, piled in grocery store pyramids, or still waiting in a field to be harvested—you know, like Charlie Brown’s “Great Pumpkin.”
On Oct. 28, Steilacoom School District’s Pioneer Middle School Builder’s Club students stayed after school to carve some Cucurbitas for the Steilacoom Historical Museum’s Pumpkin Walk that will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1811 Rainier Street in Steilacoom. This marks the eighth year for SHMA’s (Grade School kids only) Pumpkin Walk at the Orr Home property.
While transforming that orange globe into something that will discourage things that go bump in the night the following evening, here’s some Pumpkin Facts to ponder.
Pumpkins are grown all over the world. They can be grown anywhere, except Antarctica.
Libby Corporation’s pumpkin industry in Morton, Ill. is America’s “self-proclaimed” pumpkin capital.
The largest pumpkin pie, baked in 2010, measured a bit more than 20 feet in diameter and weighed about 3,699 lbs. Ingredients included 187 cans of pumpkin pie mix, 233eggs, 525 lbs., of sugar, 9 gallons of evaporated milk, 7 lbs. of salt, 3 lbs., of pumpkin pie spice, and 145 lbs. of cinnamon. The final product, created by 9 chefs, yielded 5,000 slices of pie.
A pumpkin raised in 2015 by Joel Holland of Puyallup for this year’s WA State Fair, topped out at 1,621.5.
In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
The Connecticut field variety is the source of the traditional American pumpkin.
Eighty percent of the U. S. pumpkin supply is available in October.
Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A and are 90 percent water. Their flowers are edible.
Pumpkins once were recommended for removing freckles and curing snakebites.
Native Americans called pumpkins “isqoutm squash.” The seeds were used for food and medicine.
Flattened strips of pumpkins were dried and woven into mats.
To get “in the spirit” enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie (and maybe a glass of apple cider) while watching or reading Washington Irving’s “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” or continue reading more, below: