A type of squash or gourd. They are often orange, white, or green and generally round. They can be consumed when cooked and have an earthy yet sweet flavor.
Native to North and Central America.
Pumpkins spread to Europe, Africa, and India, most likely by the Spanish.
Pumpkins are popular in the U.S. during Halloween and Thanksgiving, with many using them for decorative and craft purposes.
“The Amazing Journey of the Pumpkin and Its Origins” by La Potosina (2017)
“Is Pumpkin a Fruit?” Here’s Everything You Need to Know” by Rebekah Lowin (2020)
The Oxford Companion to Food. 3rd ed., by Alan Davidson and edited by Tom Jaine (2014)