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I don’t want to brag but I live in Illinois, the largest grower and exporter of pumpkins. In fact, Morton, Illinois, is often called the pumpkin capital of the world because it’s home to Libby’s, a leading producer of canned pumpkin.
If you’re a fan of random and useful facts rolled up into one — or if you’re just on a hunt for what I call pumpkin porn — you’ve come to the right place.
Pumpkin health benefits don’t stop at the fruit. Pumpkin seeds are high in iron and contain amino acids, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and protein. Pumpkin seeds are crispy and delicious roasted — I like baking them with olive oil and sea salt, and at only 18 calories per tablespoon, they’re great for snacking as well as adding to salads.
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Pink pumpkins are a newer hybrid variety that has light pink to somewhat orangey-pink deeply furrowed skin with a thick stem and deep orange flesh. They’re grown from Porcelain Doll pumpkin seeds. The Porcelain Doll pumpkin is linked to the Pink Pumpkin Foundation, a nonprofit that donates a portion of the profit from each pumpkin sold to support breast cancer research.
Pumpkins originated in Central America and are now grown on every continent except Antarctica.
In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling. Colonists sliced off pumpkin tops; removed seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. This was baked in hot ashes and is the origin of pumpkin pie.
Bumpy pumpkins were created and patented as Knucklehead Pumpkins in 2008 in Holland, Michigan, where I went to high school. 🙂 In case you’re curious, you can eat bumpy pumpkins — when cooked, you’ll get a very sweet and mild flavor.
Amy Cuevas Schroeder is the cofounder and Chief Content Officer of Jumble & Flow, the new lifestyle brand that empowers women to thrive in midlife. She started her first business, Venus Zine, in her dorm room at Michigan State University, and later sold the company. She now lives in the Chicago area, and is raising twin girls with her husband, Martin, a social worker. She’s worked as a content leader for Etsy, Minted, and Abstract, and has written for NYLON, Pitchfork, The Startup, and more.
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