Idaho enjoys a healthy bounty when it comes to growing pumpkins. Our favorable growing conditions allow the local pumpkin harvest to produce many varieties that are rich in color and flavor! Pumpkins are a member of the squash family and contain an important phytonutrient called beta-carotene. Our bodies convert beta-carotene into vitamin A, which is essential for good eyesight and proper growth.
Pumpkin Recipes to Try This Fall:
FUN PUMPKIN FACTS:
- 80% of the pumpkin supply in the United States is avaialbe in October.
- Pumpkins are FRUITS! – they are a winter squash in the Cucurbitacae family, which includes cucumbers and melons.
- Pumpkins are grown on every continent except Antartica.
- Pumpkins take between 90 and 200 days to grow. Each pumpkin has over 500 seeds!
- There are over 45 different varieties of pumpkins!
Watch this video about Idaho Pumpkins.