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Pumpkins, the Unofficial Symbol of Autumn

posted by Racquel Heron in "Trivia & Social"
October 3, 2017
Leaves, Wood background and Hello Autumn

Let’s face it, the moment there is just a hint of autumn in the air, all of sudden pumpkin spice everything is everywhere. Summer just isn’t really over until Starbuck’s release their pumpkin spice lattes. But, it seems like everything else comes in pumpkin flavour/spice too, from donuts to candles to beer.  And of course no Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without pumpkin pie. I can safely say that pumpkins have become the unofficial symbol of autumn.

 

pumpkins

Here are a few facts you might not know about pumpkins.

  • Pumpkins are native to North America.
  • The oldest pumpkin-related seeds were found in Mexico dating between 7000 and 5500 BC.
  • The word pumpkin comes for the Greek word ‘pepon’ which means large melon.
  • All pumpkins are winter squash.
  • Did you know, you can eat most parts of a pumpkin, from the fleshy shell, to the seeds, the leaves, and even the flowers?
  • The term jack-o’-lantern doesn’t appear until 1837.
  • The world’s heaviest pumpkin weighed in at 2,624.6 lbs in Belgium in 2016.

 

spices

If you are a huge fan of pumpkin spice, you might want to try your hand at making your own to keep on hand to surprise your guests over the holidays. Small individual containers will make great gifts for your guests.

  • 18 parts ground cinnamon
  • 4 parts ground nutmeg
  • 4 parts ground ginger
  • 3 parts ground cloves
  • 3 parts ground allspice

Blend all ingredients together and keep in a reusable container. To find this recipe go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pumpkin_pie_spice.

 

Our staff will be having their fill of pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice drinks this Thanksgiving long weekend! Our holiday hours will be from 1:30pm on Friday, October 6 to 8:30am Tuesday, October 10th.

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope you have a safe and pumpkin filled Thanksgiving weekend!

 

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” – Jim Davis