Is a Pumpkin a Squash? Understanding Cucurbitas

Learn the difference between Cucurbita pepo and Cucurbita maxima squash – and where “pumpkins” fit into the family.

Native Americans dried strips of pumpkin and wove them into mats. They also roasted long strips of pumpkin on the open fire and ate them. The origin of pumpkin pie occurred when the colonists sliced off the pumpkin top, removed the seeds, and filled the insides with milk, spices, and honey. The pumpkin was then baked in hot ashes.
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