Next to Thanksgiving, this may be the best day of the season! (Yes, Jenna is a little more than excited!) But, how can you not be? This is the perfect day to stop and grab pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin bread and roasted pumpkin seeds on your way to work! And, when you head home, don’t hesitate to grab pumpkin ice cream or a pumpkin pie to celebrate with the family! #NationalPumpkinDay is the official hashtag for today!

The Morning Thing is ready to celebrate pumpkins with you! On the show we talked about surprising and interesting facts about this amazing fall fruit. Here are a few of our favorite.

  1. Did you know a 2,145-pound pumpkin from Streator, Illinois holds the current North American record? It was grown by Gene McMullen in 2015. The world record is held by Switzerland and it weighed  2,323-pounds!
  2. The word “pumpkin” showed up for the first time in the fairy tale Cinderella.
  3. A French explorer in 1584 first called them “gros melons,” which translates into Latin as “pepon,” which means large melon. It wasn’t until the 17th century that they were first referred to as pumpkins.
  4. The largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 2,020 pounds
  5. Canned pumpkin may be recommended by veterinarians as a dietary supplement for dogs and cats that are experiencing certain digestive ailments.
  6. Pumpkins are 90% water (THAT MEANS THEY ARE GOOD FOR YOU AND LOW CALORIE)! One cup of canned pumpkin only has 83 calories and only half a gram of fat. They also have more fiber than kale, more potassium than bananas, and are full of heart-healthy magnesium and iron.
  7. There are over 45 different varieties of pumpkin. They range in color like white, yellow and green, and have names like Hooligan, Cotton Candy, and Orange Smoothie.

For more fun facts, click HERE!

Tonight, you can make your own pumpkin themed dinner! We found 50 different recipes that are perfect for the holiday, HERE!



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