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NATIONAL PUMPKIN DAY – October 26

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NATIONAL PUMPKIN DAY

It is the perfect time of the year to celebrate National Pumpkin Day.  Each year on October 26 people across the nation enjoy cake, pie, cookies, bars, pudding, coffee, smoothies, candy, breads. muffins, soups, cheesecake, oatmeal, lasagna and more, all made with delicious pumpkin.

Pumpkin (squash) is native to North America.

The oldest evidence of pumpkin-related seeds dates back to somewhere between 7000 and 5500 BC and were found in Mexico.

The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon, which is Greek for “large melon”.

Within the past 10 years, white pumpkins have become more popular in the United States.

1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins are produced in the United States each year.

In September 2012, Ron Wallace’s  2,009 pound Atlantic Giant pumpkin in Rhode Island set the current world record.

Canned pumpkin may be recommended by veterinarians as a dietary supplement for dogs and cats that are experiencing certain digestive ailments.

Raw pumpkin can be fed to poultry, as a supplement to their regular feed, during the winter months to help maintain egg production,

Pumpkins are well known for being carved into  jack-o-lanterns at Halloween.

CELEBRATE

To celebrate National Pumpkin Day, enjoy the following “tried and true” pumpkin recipes:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/pumpkin-lasagna-recipe/index.html
http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/savory-pumpkin-ravioli
http://www.food.com/recipe/debbies-pumpkin-bars-2-the-healthier-version-21342
http://southernfood.about.com/od/pumpkins/r/pumpkin-pudding.htm

Post on social media using #NationalPumpkinDay to encourage others to do so as well.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Pumpkin Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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