National Pumpkin Day - October 26
Wed, Oct 26, 2022

National Pumpkin Day

National Pumpkin Day takes place on October 26 in the USA. More than just a Halloween accessory, this fruit is packed with great flavor and loads of vitamins! We suggest cooking pumpkin dishes and, of course, carving fancy figures.

History

Pumpkins were first discovered in North America in the 1500s. The pioneer in this business was the Frenchman Jacques Cartier. When he found the first fruit, he classified it to what in France are called “gros melons”. Now they grow on 6 continents.

Now pumpkin is widely used in cooking: a pie from it has become a traditional part of Thanksgiving, seeds are a simple and tasty snack for all occasions, cream soups are indispensable for a healthy diet. They also make funny or frightening muzzles, decorate houses, yards, put candles in them for surroundings. Farmers plant fruits in early July. It is very important to keep the soil sufficiently moist, because the pumpkin simply will not grow with water deficiency.

Interesting facts

Did you know that pumpkin:

  • possibly originated in Mexico. Scientists suggest that this happened in 5000 BC;
  • has a beneficial effect on immunity and even reduces sore throat with angina;
  • contains a large amount of beta-carotene (it is responsible for the bright color). When ingested, it is converted into vitamin A, which has antioxidant properties;
  • has more than 800 varieties on the planet, but only 200 can be eaten;
  • widely honored in the German town of Ludwigsburg – events, exhibitions, concerts are dedicated to her;
  • can weigh 600 kg – these are the record holders participating in competitions. You definitely can’t buy this in a supermarket;
  • has a brother – he is a zucchini (bush variety).

How to celebrate

On National Day, make a delicious pumpkin dish: check out the recipes, there are a lot of them. If you haven’t tried any of them, now is the time. Join the art of carving and involve children in the activity – it’s fun! Decorate the yard with your masterpieces or compete with your friends.

When is National Pumpkin Day celebrated in 2022?

National Pumpkin Day is observed on October 26 each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Wednesday October 26 2022
Thursday October 26 2023
Saturday October 26 2024
Sunday October 26 2025
Monday October 26 2026