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Attack of the Killer Garlic Cloves?

Is Laguna Niguel being taken over by gigantic garlic cloves? Should we take refuge?

Are these killer cloves of garlic? Nah, just some oversized white Fairytale pumpkins for sale at for $5.99 each.

At first growing dark green, sunlight eventually turns the color of this variety to its unusual color when reaching maturity. An old variety native to France, its French name is Musque De Provence. Ten-foot prolific vines produce 12-18 inch pumpkins about 110 days after planting, according to specialityproduce.com

The website adds that low in calories and high in fiber, pumpkins are a good source of beta-carotene which converts into vitamin A. Pumpkin seeds are high in protein, iron, and the B vitamins. Studies reveal that eating a beta-carotene rich diet may reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers. Pumpkin may be prepared fresh, canned or frozen.

Fun Facts About the Pumpkin

  • Pumpkin flowers are edible.
  • The largest pumpkin pie ever made was 5 feet in diameter, and weighed more than 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.
  • In early Colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
  • Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
  • The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.
  • The Connecticut field variety is the traditional American pumpkin.
  • Pumpkins are 90 percent water.
  • Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.
  • Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made mats.
  • Native Americans called pumpkins "isqoutm squash."
  • Native Americans used pumpkin seeds for food and medicine.

Check out all the events in Laguna Niguel here that are associated with Halloween and pumpkins.

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