Happy National Pumpkin Day! On Oct. 26, we recognize this culturally significant plant, food and favored Fall decoration.
The name pumpkin originates from the Greek word pepon, which means "large melon." Native to North America, pumpkins are a type of winter squash and are known for their deep yellow to orange color and smooth, ribbed skin. They are grown all around the world, in every continent but Antarctica, and are one of the most popular crops in the United States with 1.5 billion pounds produced each year.
Here in Northern American, the appearance of pumpkin decor, recipes and seasonal flavors signify the start of Fall — culminating with the serving of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day. It's also a common October activity to visit a pumpkin patch or harvest festival, and choose the perfect pumpkin to carve into a Jack O'Lantern for Halloween. 🎃