How many pumpkins are sitting on your doorstep? If yours are anything like ours, there are a few still going strong and a few begging to be put out of their misery. Like any fruit (did you know pumpkins are a fruit? Like cucumbers, squashes and melons!), if left outside in the heat of the sun too long, will shrivel up and look more frightening than a skeleton costume. We have a few ideas to offer you a helping hand in disposing of your pumpkins. Keep in mind, if your pumpkin has been unscathed by the heat or nibblings of the neighborhood squirrels, they are likely to be great for cooking! Just don’t get those confused with the ones that not only need not come inside your house, but need some disposal attention quick!
Before we say goodbye to our pumpkins, here are a few fun facts about them thanks to pumpkinpatchesandmore.org.
Did you know??
- For 5,000 years pumpkins are native to and have been domestically grown in North America?
- French explorer, Jacques Cartier reported finding gros melons (large melons) in 1584, which translated into English as “pompions” which is pronounced today as “pumpkins.”
- You can eat pumpkin flowers!
- A pumpkin’s weight can range anywhere between a pound and 1,000 pounds!
- 80% of the pumpkin supply in America is in the month of October (no surprise there!)
Great Ideas for Pumpkin Disposal (If your pumpkins are rotting or have been carved)
- Use it to make good fertilizer but adding it to a compost heap.
- To enrich your soil, bury your pumpkin in the garden, it will quickly decay.
- Plant the seeds for next year! Wash, dry and save the seeds.
- If you do not have a garden, simply throw it in the trash.
Great Ideas for Pumpkins After Halloween (If your pumpkins have not been carved and are still thriving)
- Clean the seeds, place on a baking sheet lightly coated in butter, and roast!
- Remove the seeds, carefully carve out the pumpkin, and use for baking! Think pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, or pumpkin muffins.
- Keep using them as decorations! Pumpkins are a great fall decor, with Thanksgiving this month, using pumpkins as table centerpieces or front door step decorations is a great idea.
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