Thursday, September 10, 2009

Unveiled!...the mystery plant

It's a pumpkin!
In early August, I found a very vine-y plant with huge dark green leaves growing out of my compost pile. See it here. Many of you guessed correctly. The plant is now sporting 3 orange, rather small pumpkins.
How fun!
PUMPKIN FACTS
Ѽ Pumpkins are believed to have originated in North America perhaps as far back as 7000 BC.

Ѽ The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for "large melon
" which is "pepon."
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Did you know that Native American Indians dried strips of pumpkin and wove them into mats?!
Ѽ Depending on the variety, pumpkins can weigh 2 pounds up to 100 or more pounds. The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.
Ѽ Pumpkins belong to the Cucurbita family which includes squash and cucumbers.
Ѽ Pumpkins grow all over the world except for Antarctica.
Ѽ Pumpkin flowers are edible as are the leaves (see recipes below).
Ѽ In the US, 90% of pumpkins are grown in Illinois.

Ѽ The largest pumpkin pie ever made weighed 2,020 pounds. It measured 12 feet, 4 inches wide and 4 inches deep. See it here.Links
Ѽ recipes
Ѽ pumpkin records
Ѽ fried pumpkin flowers recipe
Ѽ an Indian style fried pumpkin flower recipe (note besan is chickpea flour)
Ѽ pumpkin leaves in peanut sauce recipe © by Melody Mundawarara

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
After removing the seeds for the pumplin, rinse to remove pulp. Mix with salt and spread onto a large baking sheet. Bake at 150 degrees (low heat to retain nutrients) till fairly dry, stirring occasionally.

And there's more! from tamdoll-- In my town we have a Giant Pumpkin Regatta - 1,000+ pumpkins are hollowed out - outboard motors attached - and town officials race them up and down the river... it's crazy!   Some pictures here!

photo © by me 2009 except pie photo which is also ©

28 comments:

  1. Yay! I'm really glad you got pumpkins! (Sometimes cucurbit seeds turn into very weird hybrids if they cross-pollinate.)

    I love the pumpkin pie photo - and I really like roasted pumpkin seeds too.

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  2. I knew it! :D Enjoy carving those for Halloween (or cooking them)! ooooh, and the seeds, I hope you get lots!

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  3. How fun that you got pumpkins! We saw a lot growing in the fields around here but have never grown one ourselves. I love anything made with pumpkin!

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  4. Yay! I was right about a plant...

    I remember the year I planted tiny ornamental gourds. I couldn't pull weeds, because I had a huge allergic reaction, and my husband... forgot. So, walking through the garden at harvest time, I found something that had been hidden: a mutant, two-foot long gourd that looked like a giant green bean! The weird, cool things that can grow... :)

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  5. How cool! Fall is such a beautiful time of year. It's nice to see an orange pumpkin right now while the weather is so hot. It's like a promise of chilly weather, Halloween costumes and turkey dinner that's soon to follow.

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  6. That's a huge pie! Love the facts on the pumpkin.

    Gwen
    http://efairytale.blogspot.com

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  7. Lucky you for having a pumpkin! And great pumpkin facts. I found your blog on http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6278721

    Don't forget to check others out!

    Quintessentially x

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  8. OK, now I need pumpkin pie! I love fall!!!

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  9. Thank you for sharing.. There are several things that I just know about pumpkins.. ^-^

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  10. How fun! Same type of thing has happened to use out of use of the compost!

    That pie, I want to jump onto it landing on my belly, face down.

    Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: Yummy
    Sea salt, garlic powder, parm cheese...

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  11. How fun is that!? And you have a gorgeous little pumpkin!

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  12. I think that we had a similar surprise pumpkin plant last yer but the squirrels ate them before they got to any size.

    Thanks for popping by my blog!

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  13. That pumpkin clearly wants to thrive! Cool pumpkin facts! :)

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  14. Weeee pumpkin. Looks absolutely cuuute!

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  15. Oh, I love pumpkins too! Here in our wet, short autumn, we struggle to grow good pumpkins, but it doesn't stop me trying every year!

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  16. Well, this is what I call no-effort gardening! LOL. I have a black thumb, so this really made me laugh. You've put together a wonderful autumn post.

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  17. that's great! Guess you threw an old pumpkin or something in the compost last year! {:-D

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  18. your post told a lot about pumpkins.. in India we get them all round the year! they are so very tasty!

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  19. Wow, some awesome pumpkiny facts! :) We don't have any pumpkins this year, but we do have some very fine looking butternut squashes growing... Hope your pumpkins grow well! :)

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  20. What a nice surprise just in time for Halloween!

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  21. Love this post and all the trivia! In my town we have a Giant Pumpkin Regatta - 1,000+ pumpkins are hollowed out - outboard motors attached - and town officials race them up and down the river... it's crazy! Some pictures here - http://www.flickr.com/groups/giantpumpkin/ (next one's in a few weeks and my husband gets to race in one, I can't wait!)

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  22. Thanks for adding me to your blog post, too! I think I made a mistake, it's 1000lb. pumpkins. You can be sure I'll blog about it after the event! Check the flickr link, it didn't connect for me.

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  23. This grew out of your compost heap?!! Now that really is food for free! Enjoy it!
    Janice.

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  24. What fun! Enjoyed your fun facts =) Yummy pumkin seeds - you can use the same recipe for squash seeds, too ;-)

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