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The Story of 

Pumpkins

Pumpkins were originally from Mexico and were one of the first crops grown in North America. In addition to the bright orange colour they are known for, they can also be found in shades of green, red, blue, yellow, and orange. They are used as decorations and can give a fun fall twist to

your kitchen creations.

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Pumpkins: They’re fall’s favourite vegetable. Whether you love to eat them or just enjoy carving spooky faces into them, pumpkins have a fascinating history. They weren’t always the plump, orange gourds we know today. Originally from Mexico, pumpkins used to be a lot smaller, whiter, and even bitter.

 

So why did they catch on? Well, pumpkins were actually wanted for their thick flesh. Indigenous communities were known to roast pumpkin strips over the fire or dry the strips to be woven into mats. The vegetable became one of the first crops to be grown in North America, and visiting seafarers would often take them back to their own countries. They were even used during the first Thanksgiving where pilgrims wrote a poem to honour the vegetable for keeping them alive during the tough North American winters.

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WHAT'S INSIDE

  • The History of Pumpkins

  • Recipes

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Learning Activities

Free Learning Tools 

Lesson Plan

Grades 5 - 8 

Language Arts

Kids with Pumpkins
Pumpkin Soup and Garnish
Pumpkin Scones

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