Celebrating Our Pre-Historic Relationship with Pumpkins on National Pumpkin Day


Happy National Pumpkin Day

Not as well known as the other popular autmn celebrations like Halloween and Thanksgiving. October 26th is National Pumpkin Day, recognizing one of our favorite autumn decorations and food.

The pumpkin is a cultivar of a squash plant native to North America. As one of the most popular crops in the United States, 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins are produced each year. Last year I posted that Illinois is one of the top pumpkin producing states with 95% of the U.S. crop intended for processing is grown in Illinois.  Nestlé, operating under the brand name Libby’s, produces 85% of the processed pumpkin in the United States, at their plant in Morton, Illinois.

According to the blog post in the National Geographic, Why Pumpkins And Squashes Aren’t Extinct. The pumpkin shouldn’t exist. The rinds were too tough for human’s to easily penetrait and the and they were very bitter. Human intervention, through years of cultivation, genetically engineered squashes, including pumpkins, to be larger, easier to infultrait and more tasty. It is an interesting post that higlights the symbiotic relatioship we have built with our gourdy friends.

To help you enjoy everything pumpkins have to offer, here are Martha Stewart’s Top Pumpkin Receipies and Decorating ideas.

  1. Heirloom-Squash and Pumpkin Pie
  2. Pumpkin Muffins
  3. Roasted Pumpkin Soup
  4. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
  5. Rigatoni with Roasted Pumpkin and Goat Cheese
  6. Pumpkin Vegetable Curry Stew
  7. Fanged Pumpkins
  8. Gourds in the Graveyard
  9. Spectral Pumpkin Silhouettes
  10. Pumpkin Party Cooler
  11. Glittered Pumpkins
  12. Pumpkin Cachepots
  13. Gourd Bird Shelter
  14. Pumpkin Sconces

Soooo many pumpkin ideas and recipes


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