National Pumpkin Day - October 26
Thu, Oct 26, 2023

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 by Jacques Cartier. Since then, they have grown on 6 continents and have become a staple in many dishes. A pumpkin pie has become a traditional part of Thanksgiving, and its seeds are a simple and tasty snack. Cream soups made with pumpkin are also a popular choice for healthy diets. Further, they are often used to create fun or frightening muzzles, to decorate houses, yards, and to put candles in them for ambience. Pumpkin farmers typically plant the fruit in early July, and it is important to ensure the soil is sufficiently moist for the pumpkin to grow.

Interesting facts

  • Pumpkin possibly originated in Mexico around 5000 BC.
  • It has a beneficial effect on immunity and can reduce sore throat with angina.
  • Pumpkin contains a large amount of beta-carotene, which is responsible for its bright color. When ingested, it is converted into vitamin A, which has antioxidant properties.
  • There are more than 800 varieties of pumpkin on the planet, but only 200 can be eaten.
  • The German town of Ludwigsburg widely honors the pumpkin with events, exhibitions, and concerts.
  • The largest pumpkin on record weighed 600 kg, and is the product of competitive growing.
  • Pumpkin is related to the zucchini, which is a bush variety.

How to take part

On National Pumpkin Day, why not try making a delicious pumpkin dish? Check out the recipes online – there are plenty of them. If you haven’t tried any of them yet, now is the perfect time. Join in the art of carving and involve children in the activity, as it can be fun for all. You could also decorate your yard with your masterpieces or compete with your friends.

When is National Pumpkin Day celebrated in 2023?

National Pumpkin Day is observed on October 26 each year.

Observations

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