The ‘Spook’tacular History of the PUMPKIN!

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On my way to work one day, I was drawn to a small fruit and vegetable stand in Downtown. These pumpkins especially caught my attention as they ranged from small to big sizes. Looking at them made me excited at the thought of ordering my favorite pumpkin iced coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts or pumpkin spiced latte at Starbucks at this time of the year!!

If you are new to Boston or the United States in general, you will probably notice carved pumpkins during Halloween or the popularity of pumpkin-flavored drinks and more.

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Ever wondered how pumpkins originated in the first place?

Pumpkins came from Central America. The first pumpkin seeds were found in Mexico many centuries ago. The early European settlers first discovered pumpkins from Native American Indians, who had pumpkins as a regular part of their diet.  They carried pumpkin seeds back to Europe, and there it flourished as a popular fruit among people. Pumpkins are so popular that they are grown everywhere except Antarctica. The practice of carving pumpkins during Halloween was actually brought from Irish immigrants to the US, who originally carved on turnips. You can truly do a lot with pumpkins: having pumpkin beer and making pumpkin pies, especially during Thanksgiving,

Have a pumpkin-licious week!

Written by Ivy, a Student Counselor at EC Boston – a school for English learning in USA.

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