Cucurbita pepo is native to the Americas, familiar to us today as the Halloween pumpkin and as the main ingredient of the traditional, North American dessert, pumpkin pie. It belongs to the cucumber (Cucurbitaceae) family and was one of the staple foods and medicinal plants of the Native Americans.

The fruits range from yellow to bright orange in color and can grow very large and heavy - the current record being 766kg. There are many annual record-breaking attempts - from growing the largest to how fast one can carv

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