VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF PUMPKINS as presented by the Dallas Arboretum’s Bugtopia

The Dallas Arboretum also had a huge display of different varieties of pumpkins. There are 45 different varieties. A single pumpkin plant can produce between two – five pumpkins. Miniature pumpkin varieties can produce up to twelve pumpkins. The most popular pumpkins are the classic orange, miniature, warty, white, blue and pie pumpkins. The roundish and ribbed skinned mammoth gold are most commonly used for jack-o-lanterns. For cooking, you want to use sugar pumpkins (also called pie or sweet pumpkins), which are small and round. Sugar pumpkins, especially, are perfect for pies because they are not as stringy and contain less water than other pumpkins . Long island cheese pumpkins are also good to eat. Pumpkins have about 50 calories, 1.8 grams of protein, 12 grams of carbohydrates, and 2.7 grams of dietary fiber per cup. But beware : although pumpkins, squashes, and gourds (including zucchinis or cucumbers) are edible they can sometimes cause a condition called cucurbit poisoning. All the cucurbits contain Cucurbitacin E that protects them from insects but it can be toxic at high concentration. Plants with a high concentration of cucurbitacin are extremely and unpleasantly bitter. So if take a bite of one of these foods, and it tastes bad – spit it out. Even just a couple bites can make you very sick. This can happen especially with volunteer plants of these kinds. Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed!!

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