SYLLABICATION: ig·nis fat·u·us
ETYMOLOGY: Medieval Latin : Latin ignis, fire + Latin fatuus, foolish
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.
Pumpkins have been grown in North America for five thousand years. They
are indigenous to the western hemisphere.
In 1584, after French explorer Jacques Cartier explored the St. Lawrence
region of North America, he reported finding "gros melons." The name was translated into English as
"pompions," which has since evolved into the modern "pumpkin."
Pumpkins are low in calories, fat, and sodium and high in fiber. They
are good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein, and iron.
The official world record for the largest pumpkin ever grown,
as recorded by the Guinness Book, was 1,385 pounds. It was grown by Steve Deletas of Pleasant Hill, Oregon, in 2003.
world's largest Jack O’Lantern was carved by Scott Cully (USA) from the then
world’s largest pumpkin on October 23, 2002, at the Topsfield Fair,
Massachusetts, USA. The pumpkin was grown by Charles Houghton (USA) and
weighed 606.72 kg (1,337 lb 9.5 oz) on October 5, 2002, during the fair’s
Pumpkin seeds should be planted between the last week of May and the
middle of June. They take between 90 and 120 days to grow and are picked in
October when they are bright orange in color. Their seeds can be saved to
grow new pumpkins the next year.
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