Tuesday, October 30, 2012

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin

Hello internet land!  (Like that formal greeting? I feel like I'm always starting my posts as if I'm in the middle a conversation with you. Actually I do this in real life too-- my husband thinks it's so weird, I'll just segway to a completely different topic that we talked about much earlier-- maybe even days earlier-- with a SO...

You've gotta be on your toes if you're going to engage in a grown up conversation with me because it's limited and it has a tendency to be interrupted. Frequently.

Anyway, hi again! Hi! So, pumpkins. I told you last week about a book I first read like 4 years ago...
It's the story of a little guy who is sick of being underestimated and how his clever teacher uses pumpkins to show the class that things aren't always as they seem.
I have been wanting count the seeds in our pumpkins ever since I first read this book, just to see what we'd find out.  The book says that longer time on the vine is one factor for more seeds and you can supposedly tell which has been on the vine longer because it will have more lines and it will be more orange.  So, I got three different pumpkins and we went to work...

The little pumpkin...
 
The tall pumpkin-- I figured this would have the most seeds because it has more ridges and was the darkest orange...
 I was wrong! 

And, finally, the fat pumpkin...

Seriously 690 seeds! That's a ton! We were all pretty shocked at that number! Lilac was thrilled because this was the pumpkin she picked out so after the counting was complete  she ran around the house yelling about how her pumpkin won. Nice!

Anyway, you should know that the book also shares this little tidbit...
Personally, I think it'd be interesting to do this a few more times and see what results we get-- that's the teacher in me probably. (Mental pictures of graphs and measurements and pumpkin journals are filling my brain.) It might be fun to take three pumpkins that seem nearly identical and see how their seed counts vary-- I'm sure I've totally lost most of you.

ANYWAY!! It was fun. It was gooey. It was math and science. And, we even toasted the seeds up for a tasty treat afterwards!

Happy seeding!
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