Sunburned Pumpkins?

What makes skin just like a pumpkin?  Both can get a dangerous sunburn. Who knew?!  If the pumpkins do not have a canopy over them, the “sunburned fruit have a reddish area facing the sun which will eventually soften and rot”. Source Here 

The same thing happens to our fragile skin.  We will get a sunburn and can lead to danger for us!  The best protection for a pumpkin is a good canopy through to harvest and to remain on the vine, but for our human skin the best protection needs more than a bit of shade.  Larkly is easy to apply and has an SPF 30, keeping the harmful UV rays off our skin.  So while you head out to harvest your pumpkin at the local patch, or while you jump onto a hayride during the day make sure to apply and reapply your sunscreen.  Just because the weather has turned a slight bit cooler it does not mean that the danger is gone! Make sure to Live Larkly and apply Larkly during your next outdoor activity!

Just for fun we did a quick google search of fun pumpkin facts!  Little known facts about pumpkins:

  • The word ‘pumpkin’ comes from the Greek word, pepon, which means a “large melon.”
  • Pumpkins originated in Central America.
  • Pumpkins are actually a fruit. 
  • The yellow-orange flowers that bloom on the pumpkin vine are edible.
  • Native Americans grew and ate pumpkins and their seeds long before the Pilgrims reached this continent. Pilgrims learned how to grow and prepare pumpkins from the Native Americans.
  • The earliest pumpkin pie made in America was quite different than the pumpkin pie we enjoy today. Pilgrims and early settlers made pumpkin pie by hollowing out a pumpkin, filling the shell with milk, honey and spices and baking it.
  • The ‘Pumpkin Capital of the World’ is Morton, Illinois. Home of Libby’s pumpkin industry. The state of Illinois grows the most pumpkins. It harvests about 12,300 acres of pumpkins annually.
  • The latest U.S. record (2019) for the largest pumpkin ever grown weighed in at 2,517.5 pounds by Karl Haist of Clarence Center, New York.
  • The countries with the highest volumes of pumpkin consumption in 2018 were China (7.9M tons), India (5.9M tons) and Russia (1.3M tons), together accounting for 53% of global consumption.

(Source) FarmersAlmanac.com