Pumpkins belong to the cucurbit family and are cousins of the gourds, which means that they are creeper plants. Apart from the multiple references in Halloween traditions and fairytales, pumpkins are extensively used to make curries in Indian cuisine as well as packaged food items like pies, purees and breads around the world. They are supposed to have originated in North America and the oldest evidence dates back to 5,000 BC Mexico. They grow best in monsoon and summer months and will be harvest ready when their outer skin becomes hard and insides become hollow. Depending on the variety, a good pumpkin will weigh anywhere between 3 to 80 kgs.
% of Daily Recommended Dietary Allowance satisfied by 100g of raw produce.