50 things to do with… pumpkins!


So, Halloween is over and the carved pumpkins are finished with. But let’s remember that the pumpkin is not just for Halloween – it is a wonderful vegetable in its own right and to celebrate this, I thought it would be great to link up posts that are all about pumpkins.

Did you know that there are over 50 different types of pumpkin weighing from as little as 2lbs up to a whopping 150lbs? They are a member of the Cucurbita family, which includes squash and cucumbers. Pumpkins are around 90% water.

According to a quick google search, the pumpkin capital of the world is Morton, Illinois in the USA but the art of pumpkin carving was taken to the US by the Irish, who initially started out carving turnips. Bet that was hard work!

Apparently you can grow pumpkins in six out of the seven continents – the only place where they won’t grow is in Antarctica. It seems even the mighty pumpkin isn’t a fan of the extreme cold!

So, the challenge is on. Whether you have delicious recipes or amazing ideas for pumpkin carving, add your link below and share your post with us. Can we make it to 50 this month?

Sally is the publisher of Foodies100, the UK's largest directory of brilliant UK food and drink blogs and bloggers. Every day of the week, we promote the UK's best and most exciting blogs about food and drink.