Originally the Jack O Lantern was carved from a turnip. Once Americanized, the pumpkin filled the role as scary lantern against the spooks of Samhain.
Some things you may not know about pumpkins:
- Pumpkins are in the family of squashes and gourds. They are considered a fruit.
- The word pumpkin came from the Greek word pepon, meaning ‘large melon’.
- Pumpkin (and the seeds) are an excellent source of protein, zinc, Vitamin A,potassium and even Tryptophan, the same chemical you find in milk to help you sleep.
- The flowers of the pumpkin plant are edible
They also make a tasty pie, but the you need young, small sized pumpkins which are sweeter.
- Draw the face ( or whatever you want to carve) onto the pumpkin first.
- When carving the ‘lid’, make the shape jagged to make it easier to fit back in place when carving is finished.
- The lid should also be cut at an angle, creating a ‘cone’ like shape. This will prevent it from falling back into the pumpkin.
- Sprinkle the inside with Cinnimon and Clove to add a nice scent through the holidays.