Irish Carve Turnips Instead of Pumpkins


Carved turnip with vision troubles. Photograph from soozums on Flickr

Halloween!My Irish kin have some interesting Halloween customs, including turnip-o-lanterns. The jack-o-lantern creation story actually starts with a turnip in Ireland during the 18th century. A blacksmith named Jack dropped a coal ember into a gouged-out turnip, and so it began. When Irish immigrants arrived in America, they substituted turnips with pumpkinsā€”much plumper, and thus, better carving potential.

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