Pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima)
Other Names - Giant Pumpkin.
Origins - Central, and South America.
Type - Annual vine.
Hardiness (see References, below) - Will grow in most Summer gardens
Bloom - Spring, Summer.
Fruit - Fall.
Approx. 6 ft (180 cm).
Cultivation - Full Sun, well drained soils. Grow directly on the ground or on supports to prevent disease, and slug damage.
Propagation - By seeds.
Other - Giant Pumpkin is a cultivar of squash. Both found their way to Europe, and beyond, through Spanish conquest. Today, it is hard to imagine any kitchen garden, without them. Young leaves of pumpkin are edible. I've been served some in Uganda. They were chopped, and cooked
with onions, and tomatoes, and they were good. Pumpkin's flesh, seeds, and flowers are all edible, too. See this month's (October) What's Cooking? section for more Pumpkin recipes. Find out more interesting PUMPKIN FACTS, here.
Halloween without Pumpkins would not be the same, and neither would be the Thanksgiving.
Pumpkin, -attractive garden plant, easy to grow, nutritious, and very tasty, indeed.
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