WHAT ARE PUMPKINS?
Pumpkin is a member of the gourd family. Its fruit is a large
round lobe with a thick orange rind and edible flesh.
WHERE ARE PUMPKINS PRODUCED IN BC?
Pumpkins are grown in the Lower Mainland, on Vancouver Island and
in the Okanagan Valley.
HOW MANY PUMPKINS DO WE PRODUCE?
BC produces about 3 million pounds of pumpkins a year. These are
valued at almost $400,000 per year.
HOW ARE PUMPKINS PRODUCED?
plants like warm weather. Pumpkins are usually seeded in late May
after all danger of frost has past. They can take 100 to 120 days to
mature. Pumpkins are harvested in the late summer and fall. Once
pumpkins have started to turn colour they will continue to do so
after being picked. Pumpkins are windrowed in the fields after the
leaves have died down and picked up by hand and loaded onto trucks
WHAT DOES A PUMPKIN LOOK LIKE WHEN I USE IT?
Pumpkins are used as jack-o-lanterns at Halloween and the flesh
is used for pie filling. Seeds are edible and can be roasted, salted
and eaten like sunflower seeds.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE PUMPKIN LEAVES THE FARM?
of the pumpkins grown in BC are used for Halloween jack-o-lanterns.
Many people, especially school children, go out to a U-pick farm to
select their own pumpkins. Many farms hold special pumpkin tours and
festivals. They even give lessons in carving and painting
jack-o-lanterns! Farmers also sell their pumpkins in large bins to
stores and roadside stands. Pumpkins keep very well at room
temperature if fully ripened and cured.
WHAT CHALLENGES DOES THE PUMPKIN PRODUCER FACE?
The greatest challenge facing pumpkin growers is controlling
weeds. Growers in BC are fortunate in that there are very few pests
and diseases which afflict pumpkins so they do not need to be
sprayed with insecticides or fungicides.
WHO'S INVOLVED IN PRODUCING PUMPKINS?
- Pumpkin grower
- Seed suppliers
- Jack-o-lantern carvers
1 medium pumpkin (148g)
||Calories from Fat 0
||% Daily Value*
|Total Fat 0g
|Saturated Fat 0g
|Total Carbohydrate 27g
|Dietary Fibre 2g
|Vitamin A 0%
||Vitamin C 40%
|*Percent Daily Values are based
on a 2,000-calorie diet.
Interesting Fact About Pumpkins:
Pumpkins originated in southeast North America and were a
staple food for Indians for thousands of years.
- Contacts and other resources:
BCMAL - Field Vegetable Information
- Direct Marketing Associations/Guides:
- Fraser Valley
- Vancouver Island
- InfoBasket: Your Portal to Agri-Food Information on the Internet