0 October 26 is National Pumpkin Day

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Have you carved a Halloween pumpkin yet? If not, today might be a good day, because...

October 26 is National Pumpkin Day!

Some fun facts about pumpkins:

● The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon, which is Greek for "large melon."

● About 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins are grown each year in the United States; they can be cultivated on every continent except Antarctica.

● There are more than 50 varieties of pumpkins. Although pumpkins are usually orange or yellow, they can be dark green, pale green, white, red and gray.

● Pumpkins are 90 percent water.

● The world's largest pumpkin weighed 1,810.5 pounds (as of October 9, 2010).

So whether or not you choose today to carve your Halloween pumpkins, after you've removed all of the mushy insides, sift through and pick out the seeds. Roasted pumpkin seeds are a tasty snack and so simple to make. Here's an easy recipe:
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

A pumpkin
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt

1. Cut a fresh, well-ripened pumpkin in half. Remove the membrane and seeds. Remove most of the pulp from the seeds (leaving some pulp on is okay because it adds to the flavor; for the same reason, do not rinse the seeds).
2. Heat oven to 300°F. Spread 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a shallow pan. Sprinkle seeds over oil in single layer. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon salt over seeds.
3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned; cool.

(Thanks Betty Crocker!)

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