From Jack-o-lanterns to decorative gourds to pumpkin pies, it’s clear that fall is here.
Below are a few fun facts about pumpkins:
- The word pumpkin originated from the Greek word Pepõn, which means large melon.
- According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, in 2011, “pumpkins were harvested from 47,300 acres [10+04] from the top six states and were valued at $113 million [10+08].
- Top pumpkin production states are Illinois, California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.” Roughly 1.5 billion pounds (10+09) of pumpkins are produced each year.
- “According to the University of Illinois, 90 percent of the pumpkins grown in the United States are raised within a 90-mile radius of Peoria, Illinois. Most pumpkins are processed into canned pumpkin and canned pie mix.”
- “The town of Morton, near Peoria in central Illinois, is the self-proclaimed Pumpkin Capital of the World. Morton is the location of a Libby’s® pumpkin processing plant owned by Nestlé Food Company, which cans more than 85 percent of the world’s pumpkin each year.”
- “Pumpkins can range in size from less than one pound  to more than 1,000 pounds [10+03].”
- The largest pumpkin pie to date was made in 2010 at the New Bremen Pumpkinfest in Ohio. Spanning 20 feet (10+01) and weighing 3,699 pounds (10+04), it required 1,212 pounds of canned pumpkin, 2,796 eggs (which is 233 or 10+02 dozen), 109 gallons of evaporated milk, 525 pounds of sugar, 7 pounds of salt and 14.5 pounds of cinnamon.