Some Pumpkin Facts

Posted on October 10, 2015 by Sweet Day Gourmet

Some Facts About Pumpkins

Here in the United States, pumpkins and pumpkin flavored desserts are a fall tradition. Halloween and Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same without the pumpkin. 


Pumpkins are harvested in October; they’re nutritious, versatile; low in calories, fat, and sodium and high in fiber. They are good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein, and iron. Pumpkin can be used to make soups, breads, various desserts including the obvious- pumpkin pie. They are a member of the gourd family, which includes cantaloupe,  honeydew melons, watermelons, cucumbers and zucchini.

Pumpkins have been grown in North America for thousands of years. However, it was in 1584 that French explorer Jacques Cartier explored the St. Lawrence region of North America, he reported finding “gros melons.” The name translated in English as “pompions,” which has evolved into the modern “pumpkin.”

Pumpkin seeds should be planted between the last week of May and mid June. They take between 90 and 120 days to grow and then picked in October when they are bright orange in color. The seeds can be saved to grow new pumpkins for the following year.  

Pumpkin Crème Brûlée

Looking for a new pumpkin dessert? You can easily make a creamy, flavorful Pumpkin Crème Brûlée with Sweet Day Gourmet’s Pumpkin Creme Brûlée Kit. This mix will save you time and money in the kitchen, while producing a unique, high quality dessert.

You can also use the creme brûlée mix to make an awesome pumpkin creme pie. See the recipe here.

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