Is a Pumpkin a Squash? Understanding Cucurbitas

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

One difference between summer and winter squash is that we eat summer squash before the seeds have hardened and the fruit has ripened, while we eat winter squash only after the fruit has matured.
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