Pumpkins: you’re out of your gourd. Although sometimes described as squash because of their botanical classification, pumpkins are actually part of the gourd family Cucurbitaceae . The common pumpkin is Cucurbita pepo. The pumpkin grows on vines, and is rich in beta-carotene, vitamins A and C, potassium and iron.
An American Original. The pumpkin is native to the New World and was cultivated by the indigenous people who lived here, an integral part of the agricultural trifecta of corn-beans-pumpkin. Explorers and colonists in North America took the pumpkin back to Europe and around the world, starting in the late 15th Century.
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