Now you know

The pumpkin isn't a vegetable. Not only is it a fruit, botanically, it's actually a berry. But it's the only berry that has a hard outer shell. Pumpkins belong to the same family as cucumbers, melons, spaghetti squash, and gourds. The true big orange pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo) needs a long growing season but no early-summer heat, so it won't grow everywhere in the US. That's the reason three other species - technically winter squash but big and orange - are grown as pumpkins. One of the oldest pumpkins in North and South America is called the Cheese pumpkinbecause it resembles a wheel of cheese. There's a white pumpkin named Lumina, and a blue, drum-shaped one known as Queensland.

Source: 'The Perfect Pumpkin,' by Gail Damerow

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK