National Pumpkin Day

National Pumpkin Day

One thing is more October-related than any other, and that’s Halloween. What is that thing? The pumpkin. The pumpkin first appears on farmers market stands and shelves in the last week of September. It is the sign that fall is just around the corner. National Pumpkin Day is a celebration of these beautiful squashes and their rich history and tradition.

People often think of Halloween as Jack-o-Lanterns or pumpkins. Even if you look at the ‘false medieval” imagery in fantasy games, pumpkins are common, especially during Halloween events.

Many people are unaware that the pumpkin, just like all squash, is a new-world plant. This is why the popular image of pumpkin jacko-lanterns standing in front of medieval-era homes is bogus. These are an American (and South American) native plant. The jack-o’lantern at Halloween is a New World thing.

Let’s start with the meaning of the pumpkin in honor National Pumpkin Day. It’s quite simple as it comes from the Greek term pepon or ‘Large Melon.’ But it didn’t directly go to the pumpkin. It was first pompon to France, then it was pumpion for the British. The Americans changed the name to Pumpkin and it has remained so ever since. National Pumpkin Day offers a wonderful opportunity to include this delicious squash in your diet.

It’s easy to celebrate National Pumpkin Day. Get out there and pick up a few pumpkins. Maybe that sounds a little too much. Instead, you can simply stop by your favorite restaurant or grocery store and get a huge slice of pumpkin pie.

Are you not in the mood to eat pie? Pumpkin Spice lattes will soon be on the shelves of your local coffee shops (Starbucks especially loves to stock them this time of year). You can also buy lots of pumpkins and roast them to make a whole pumpkin meal. Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Cake, Pumpkin Muffins, Pumpkin Muffins, Pumpkin Coffee, and Pumpkin Spice Coffee for dessert.


Oct 26 2024


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