We’re Pumped About Pumpkins

Fall is in full swing which means it’s time to enjoy everything pumpkin. From carving pumpkins for Halloween to baking them into a pie for Thanksgiving, there is no doubt that this autumn fruit is a staple for many of our upcoming holiday celebrations. 

As we kick off the fall festivities, we thought now would be the perfect time to share some little-known facts about this gourd-geous orange squash. 

  1. The word pumpkin originates from the Greek word pepon, which means large melon. 
  2. Pumpkins are grown on every continent except Antarctica. 
  3. The top pumpkin-producing states in the US are Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and California. 
  4. The state of Illinois harvests 12,300 acres of pumpkins every year. 
  5. More than 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin are grown in the US every year, and about 80% of them are harvested during the month of October. 
  6. Every single part of a pumpkin is edible, including its skin, leaves, flowers, and stem!
  7. Pumpkins get their orange color from beta-carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A to help keep your eyes, skin, and immune system healthy. 
  8. On average, a single pumpkin contains about 500 seeds. 
  9. Pumpkin was once believed to both remove freckles and cure snakebites. While today we know this isn’t true, we also know that pumpkins do offer a number of other benefits for your health.
  10. Pumpkins contain about 90% water and only contain about 50 calories per cup. 

Add Some (Pumpkin) Spice To Your Life

Even if you aren’t a pumpkin spice fanatic, there are a great number of ways you can embrace the health benefits of pumpkins by adding them to your meal rotation. Here are three pumpkin-inspired recipes we recommend trying this fall. 

  1. Pumpkin Seed Dip
    While roasted pumpkin seeds always make a great snack, why not mix it up by grinding those seeds into a delicious dip to enjoy with tortilla chips, crackers, or naan bread? The best part is that making a dip like this can be as simple as mixing together a few basic ingredients!Here’s a 5 Ingredient Pumpkin Seed Recipe to Try!
  2. Potato Pumpkin Soup
    Even the most gloomy autumn days can be made better by enjoying a nice hot bowl of soup for dinner. Since pumpkins are in season, why not try your hand at crafting a delicious homemade pumpkin soup to go with dinner tonight? You can either add pumpkin to your favorite soup recipe or mix up a batch of this creamy and delicious potato pumpkin soup that we found a recipe for.Get the Recipe for Potato Pumpkin Soup!
  3. Pumpkin Pie Fudge
    Forget baking a pumpkin pie this year—you can get all the pumpkin pie flavor without all of the baking by making this pumpkin pie freezer fudge instead! With only 7 ingredients, this simple fudge recipe is simple to make, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying this holiday season.Try This Pumpkin Pie Freezer Fudge!

New Earth Pro Tip

Whether your autumn meal plans include pumpkin-inspired recipes or not, you can still add a nutritional boost to nearly any dish by adding a bit of organic Wild Microalgae® to it with Wild Algae Blend! So go ahead. Set yourself up for a healthy fall season by incorporating some pumpkin (and algae) into your diet!