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Pumpkintastic facts!
Not just a humble vegetable...
Your Halloween festivities just aren't complete without at least a few Jack-o'-lanterns. But here are a few fascinating pumpkin facts to throw at the trick-or-treaters...
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Before you start hacking your pumpkin into a Halloween masterpiece, here are few facts about the humble vegetable.

Ten things you never knew about the pumpkin......

Aaaagh! A pumpkin is really a squash, and comes from the same family as the cucumber. If you ever manage to carve a cucumber lantern - you're really very clever indeed!

Aaaagh!You can grow pumpkins all over the world - except in Antarctica. So if you live in Antarctica, you’ll have to carve something spooky in the snow instead!

Aaaagh!The pumpkin capital of the world is - not surprisingly - in the USA. Morton, Illinois is the place to go for your pumpkins.
Or you could try your local supermarket.

Aaaagh!Pumpkin carving was taken to the US by the Irish, who started carving turnips for their annual Samhain holiday. They soon found that pumpkins were easier to carve than turnips.

Aaaagh! There are over 50 different types of pumpkin. They have such great names as the Spooktacular, the Funny Face and the Munchkin.

Aaaagh!The smallest pumpkins can weigh as little as 2lb, whilst the largest you can commonly grow can weigh over 150lbs. You'll need a big garden for that one!

Aaaagh!If your pumpkin lantern shrivels up, you can restore it by soaking it overnight in water to rehydrate it. But remember to take out the candle, first.

Aaaagh!Did you know that you can get blue, green and white pumpkins, as well as the traditional orange ones? Orange is prettiest though, don't you think?

Aaaagh!A world record breaking pumpkin was grown in 1999 by Gerry Checkon of Altoona in Pennsylvania, US. The monster vegetable weighed in at 1,131lb (513kg). Now that's big!

Aaaagh!Pumpkins are medicinal, as well as fun and tasty. The seeds are used for de-worming and the pulp is often used to relieve burns. But you should probably see your doctor before relying on vegetables to sort you out.

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