The pumpkin gets a lot of fame this time of year. It is just so gorgeous, isn’t it!!??
The word pumpkin dates back to Ancient Greece where the word for ‘Large Melon’ was ‘Pepon’. The American colonists changed that to ‘Pumpkin’ and enjoyed the giant ghords seeded and filled with spices, cream, and honey and baked in an open fire…how good does that sound!?!? Pumpkins are mentioned in folklore quite frequently; they play a starring role in Cinderealla, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and even in Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Pumpkins are rich in carotenoids and Vitamin A which (like those found in Carrots) help your vision. They are also a great source of dietary fiber and potassium. Their seeds contain powerful cancer-fighting antioxidants as well as the amino acid, tryptophan. Tryptophan is known as the sleepy serum (also found in turkey) but it is vital to the production of natural serotonin in our bodies.
Pumpkins are delicious baked, roasted, or turned into a custard *pumpkin pie* anyone!?!? Their season is late September to November. There are several varieties and all can be used for different purposes. My favorite is the sugar pumpkin (pictured above) which is delicious roasted whole. Pumpkins don’t need to be stored in the fridge, they are extremely hearty and barely even need any help to grow. Farmers often have a problem of pumpkins gone wild…finding pumpkins growing rogue miles away!
yum! This is my sugar pumpkin roasted naked…the skin just peels off!
Stay tuned for our sugar pumpkin pie!!!
seriously the best pie I have ever eaten!!!
Here is a brief history of the Jack-O-Lantern just for fun: *from the History Channel*
People have been making jack-o-lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.” According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.
Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with it ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”
In Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits. In England, large beets are used. Immigrants from these countries brought the jack o’lantern tradition with them when they came to the United States. They soon found that pumpkins, a fruit native to America, make perfect jack o’lanterns.
Thanks for playing…keep those guesses coming!!! Next time, we will have a prize giveaway!
Bibbity, Bobbity, BOO xo, SW and Sweet P