Hooray for Fall and for Texas Pumpkins! Here’s a few fun Texas Pumpkin Facts to get ya’ll in the spirit of Autumn.
Did ya know this Texas Pumpkin Fact? In 2013, Texas designated the pumpkin as the official Texas squash. Yep! The Texas pumpkin represents the traditional rural heritage of the Lone Star State. Texans have long made great use of the pumpkin; before refrigeration, ranchers relied on Texas pumpkins to feed their livestock during the winter months. Once considered a cure for freckles, snakebites, and other maladies, the pumpkin is now valued by health-conscious Texans as a good source of vitamin A, potassium, and fiber.
The diversity of Texas agriculture is one of the strengths of our economy, and over the years, pumpkins have become an important crop in the Lone Star State. Did ya know Texas is the fourth leading state in the U.S. in commercial pumpkin production, growing between 15 to 20 million annually, mostly out in West Texas. Wow, that’s a lot of pumpkins! Did ya know this Texas Pumpkin Fact? The Lone Star State’s pumpkins crops planted annually on between 5000 – 8000 acres generate approximately $10 million for the Texas economy every year!
Did ya know this Texas pumpkin fact? There’s a town in Texas named Pumpkin! Pumpkin , Texas is a small rural community located near the junction of Farm Road 2693 and State Highway 150, about ten miles west-southwest of Coldspring in West Central San Jacinto County. This small settlement in the Sam Houston National Forest began in the late 1800s and was named for a nearby creek. Pumpkin, TX has a store, a church, and a volunteer fire department. In 2000 the population was 150.
Texas Is It! An awesome place to live, work, and play! And enjoy Fall and Texas pumpkins!