I love fall. I love pumpkins. I love pumpkin dates in the fall. One of my favorite things about pumpkins is how different each of them are.
Test your pumpkin knowledge with these festive trivia question (answers below):
1. Are pumpkins a fruit or a vegetable?
2. Antarctica is the only continent not capable of producing pumpkins.
3. What is the pumpkin capital of the world?
4. The pumpkin is the state fruit of what state?
5. How many pounds was the worlds largest recorded pumpkin?
6. Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
7. What is the origin of pumpkin pie?
8. What colors are pumpkins available in?
9. What country did the tradition of carving pumpkins come from?
10. Where did the term "pumpkin head" come from in colonial times?
Matt and I went to pick out pumpkins to carve – this pumpkin patch had already been picked through, but there were still some good ones.
Picking out the perfect pumpkin
Eating pumpkin pie and roasted pumpkin seeds
Fall flowers are a perfect way to start a pumpkin date. One of my favorite ways to decorate with cranberries is simply letting them float in a bowl of water. I picked up these autumn leaf floating candles several years ago – I'm looking for replacements because these are almost burned down.
You can also buy mini gourds at the pumpkin patch. I really like to make a small hole in the ones that look like little pumpkins and put a tapered candle in them. They make very festive candle holders. (Note: be careful – the gourds are quite hard and I've ruined knives trying to making holes for the candles.) This is a new wooden bowl I picked up at a market in Zambia – I'm pretty excited about it.
Answers to trivia question:
3. Morton, Illinois
4. New Hampshire
5. 1,689 pounds
7. Colonists sliced off pumpkin tops, removed seeds, filled the inside
with milk, spices and honey, and baked it in hot ashes.
8. Orange, red, white, green, yellow, tan, and blue
10. Pumpkin halves were used as guides for haircuts in colonial times.
How many did you get right?