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Pumpkins Production in Australia (2019)

2021-01-08
pumpkin production in australia

Overview of Pumpkins

References to pumpkins date back many centuries. The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for “large melon” which is “pepon.” “Pepon” was nasalized by the French into “pompon.” The English changed “pompon” to “Pumpion.” Shakespeare referred to the “pumpion” in his Merry Wives of Windsor. American colonists changed “pumpion” into “pumpkin.” This vegetable is referred to in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Peter, Peter, Eater and Cinderella.

Native Americans dried strips of pumpkin and wove them into mats. They also roasted long strips of it on the open fire and ate them. The origin of the pie occurred when the colonists sliced off the pumpkin top, removed the seeds, and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey.

In Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits. In England, large beets are used.

Statistics

As of June 2019:

  1. 117,790 tonnes of pumpkins were produced and valued at $82 million. Out of this 3% went into processing.
  2. The supply per capita was recorded at 4.4 kg, based on the volume supplied.
  3. 61% of Australian citizens purchased this vegetable while on their shopping haul. Therefore, they bought an average of 945 grams per each trip.

Major Production Areas

Pumpkins are grown in almost all states strewn across Australia. However, some of the major production areas include the Murrumbidgee region in New South Wales, Bundaberg and also the Darling Downs area in Queensland.

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