Pumpkin Palooza!

pumpkin-23479_1280Now that it’s October, the pumpkin worship can begin, which is only fitting since they are a delight to behold all season long.
I will be doing a small series of pumpkin related posts to help us all enjoy the well rounded appeal of my personal favourite fruit.
Yes, notice I said fruit, and no it’s not a mistake.
Pumpkins are of the family Cucubitaceae and the genus Cucurbita which includes all varieties of winter & summer squash, gourd and pumpkin.

According to The Perfect Pumpkin by Gail Damerow  “… a pumpkin is not actually a vegetable but a fruit, and a berry at that…” this is because pumpkins (like berries) develop from a single pistil of a flower and has no core or stone. The species of pumpkin that we all recognize as our big beautiful orange jack-o-lanterns and pie pumpkins is the C. pepo.
C. maxima are those gorgeous white pumpkins that make carving jack-o-lanterns as skulls so easy.

Now you have some pumpkin trivia to impress your friends with!
Check back on the blog for more in the Pumpkin Palooza series.

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If fresh meat be wanting to fill up our dish
We have carrots and pumpkins and turnips and fish;
We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon;
If it was not for pumpkins, we should be undone.
				17th century unknown Plymouth Colony poet

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