This is certainly the right time to be celebrating the pumpkin.
The National Day Calendar says today, Oct. 26, is National Pumpkin Day. Nowadays, people seem obsessed with pumpkin. "We cannot wait
for the big November holiday for pumpkin pie. No siree, we need pumpkin
ev-ery-thing! Bars, cookies, coffee, cheesecake, pasta and oatmeal," according to the National Day Calendar website.
"Pumpkin Chunkin,’ pumpkin patches, festivals, bake-offs and television
specials. Let’s not forget jack-o-lantern carving, too! This fruit grabs
American’s attention," the website states.
The pumpkin is native to North American and the National Day Calendar website states the oldest evidence of pumpkin-related seeds dates back to somewhere between 7000 and 5500 BC to seeds found in Mexico.
The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon, which means “large melon” in Greek.