How Do You Transport a Pumpkin?
Strap it in and dare it not to move. That’s how one mom safely transported her pumpkin home. But what if it’s over a ton?
A Really “Great Pumpkin”
Last year’s winner, Ron Wallace from Rhode Island, produced a 2,009 pound pumpkin -a world-breaking record at over a ton. He was also the first to grow such a huge pumpkin– until this year. This year’s winner of the mammoth pumpkin contest came from California and weighed in at 2,032 pounds! And it only took 120 days to grow it. Tim Mathison of Morgan Hill, CA was the proud grower of this fine fruit. It was entered into the world’s largest pumpkin contest in New York.
Winners from other years include:
2011 – 1818.5 pounds from Ormstown, Quebec, Canada
2010 – 1810.5 pounds from Wisconsin
2009 – 1725 pounds – Ohio
What do you do with a pumpkin that large? Native Americans dried strips of pumpkin and wove them into mats. They also roasted long strips of pumpkin on the open fire and ate them. The origin of pumpkin pie occurred when the colonists sliced off the pumpkin top, removed the seeds, and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. The pumpkin was then baked in hot ashes.
If you are curious how it was transported, more information can be found at the KVIA news.
Source: BigPumpkins.com; http://www.history.com/topics/pumpkin-facts