Nothing announces the arrival of fall like bright orange pumpkins. More than 1 billion pounds of pumpkins are produced in the United States each year, and the country ranks fourth in the world for pumpkin production behind China, India and Russia. Within the U.S., Illinois tops the nation in pumpkin production. In fact, Morton, Illinois, calls itself the “Pumpkin Capital of the World.” Other big pumpkin-growing states include Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, New York and Michigan. Want to learn more about our favorite fall fruit? Scroll through the slideshow for 10 fun pumpkin facts.
A typical pumpkin yield falls between 800 and 1,200 harvested pumpkins per acre, depending on the variety.