A pumpkin is really a squash being a member of the Cucurbita family that includes cucumbers, as well. All six of the seven continents except Antarctica can grow pumpkins, including Alaska! The self-proclaimed pumpkin capital of the world is Morton, Illinois – that also is the home of the Libby corporation’s pumpkin industry. The Irish brought the tradition of carving pumpkins to America – having carved turnips, they found pumpkins plentiful in the new world and much easier to carve than turnips! Pumpkins are 90% water and contain potassium and vitamin A. The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter, weighed over 350 pounds, used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs, and took over six hours to bake. The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed in at 1,140 pounds with 80% of the pumpkin supply in the USA available in October. As you carve away, remember that that creative Jack-o-Lantern used to be thought to remove freckles and cure snake bites. Seriously???