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Pumpkin

is a gourd-like squash used in cooking and for carving into jack-o-lanterns

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  • May 27, 2011
Cranberry pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, and Jack O Lanterns! Yeah, I like those big orange fruits... even if they smell a little funky.
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May 28, 2011
what is the difference between pumpkin and squash?
May 28, 2011
They're both a type of squash and related to gourdes, but I hate squash.
May 28, 2011
how come? we cook that with coconut milk and string beans all the time..
May 28, 2011
I just don't like the texture. It makes me gag.
 
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Pumpkin is a gourd-like squash of the genus Cucurbita and the family Cucurbitaceae (which also includes gourds). They are typically orange or yellow and have many creases running from the stem to the bottom. They have a thick shell on the outside, with seeds and pulp on the inside.
 
The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon (πέπων), which is Greek for “large melon". The French adapted this word to pompon, which the British changed to pumpion and later American colonists changed that to the word we use today, "pumpkin". The origin of pumpkins is not definitively known, although they are thought to have originated in North America. The oldest evidence, pumpkin-related seeds dating between 7000 and 5500 B.C., were found in Mexico. Pumpkins are a squash-like fruit that range in size from less than 1 pound (0.45 kilograms) to over 1,000 pounds (453.59 kilograms).
 
Pumpkins generally weigh 9–18 lbs (4–8 kg) with the largest (of the species C. maxima) capable of reaching a weight of over 75 lbs (34 kg). The pumpkin varies greatly in shape, ranging from oblate through oblong. The rind is smooth and usually lightly ribbed. Although pumpkins are usually orange or yellow, some fruits are dark green, pale green, orange-yellow, white, red and gray.
 
Pumpkins are commonly carved into decorative lanterns called jack-o'-lanterns for the Halloween season in North America. Throughout Britain and Ireland, there is a ...
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