Farm Facts: Pumpkins

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From cooking to carving, pumpkins are everywhere this time of year. Americans love them so much that in 2017, pumpkin-flavored product sales in the U.S. totaled over $414 million. That’s a lot of pumpkin spice! However, carving jack-o’- lanterns for Halloween isn’t originally American. The custom traces its roots back to Ireland hundreds of years ago, except they used turnips or potatoes. When Irish immigrants arrived in the U.S., they discovered pumpkins, and a new fall tradition was born. Scroll through the slideshow to learn six more fun pumpkin facts.

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The Halloween tradition of carving jack-o’-lanterns originated hundreds of years ago in Ireland. But instead of pumpkins, the Irish carved turnips or potatoes. When Irish immigrants arrived in America, they discovered pumpkins and a new fall tradition was born.

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