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Farmers Almanac
The 2014 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

Pumpkins and October

October just wouldn’t be the same without pumpkins; just try to imagine Fall without Jack-O’Lanterns, pumpkin pies, roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin growing contests, and even giant pumpkin regattas.

To celebrate, Farmersalmanac.com is full of fun and informative articles, recipes and video on these largest of all fruits (yes pumpkins are a fruit).

You’ll even find some pumpkin trivia, like the following:

  • The word ‘pumpkin’ comes from the Greek word, ‘pepon’, which means “large melon.”
  • The earliest pumpkin pie made in America was not today’s version. Pilgrims and early settlers made pumpkin pie by baling a hollowed out a pumpkin, filled with milk, honey and spices.
  • Morton, Ill., home of Libby’s Pumpkin products, is popularly considered to be the “Pumpkin Capital of the World.”
  • Illinois grows the most pumpkins, with residents harvesting about 12,300 acres of pumpkins annually.
  • Pumpkins were believed to be a remedy for freckles and snakebites.

Of course, if I were ever bitten by a snake, I doubt I’d scream for a pumpkin (at least not initially).

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.