Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere – in grocery stores and piled high at farmers’ markets, community pumpkin patches and parks – signal the beginning of the fall season and the advent of Halloween.
At our homes, transformed into traditional Halloween jack-o’-lanterns, pumpkins are deftly carved into frightening faces that glow eerily at night from the candlelight flickering deep within them.
But pumpkins are far more than the fascinating orbs so frequently used as the basis for seasonal displays. They represent a $145 million dollar U.S. industry, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
The United States is among the top five pumpkin-producing countries in the world.
As a member of the Cucurbitaceae family of melons and cucumbers, within the genus Cucurbita of squashes and gourds, pumpkins are natives of North America.
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