PUMPKIN IS A type of fruit indigenous to the Western hemisphere. Pumpkins have been an important food throughout the Americas for a long time. In Mexico, pumpkin seeds dating back to 7000 BCE have been found. When the Pilgrims arrived in America they began to grow pumpkins, and these early settlers sent the seeds back to England. Today pumpkins are grown all over the world and are a staple item in many cultures.

Pumpkins are related to cucumbers, winter squash and gourds, and are a member of the genus Cucurbita. This genus is an annual fruit-growing vine, though pumpkins are generally thought ...


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