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What’s the difference between a gourd and a squash and a pumpkin?

Pumpkins, squash and gourds are all members of an enormously diverse plant family called Cucurbitaceae.  This diverse group has more than 100 genera and over 700 species!

Botonists identify each species by examining the leaves, stems, seeds and fruit of each plant. Two popular cucurbit categories are squash and gourds.  

Squash -

Squash are mostly edible, and gourds are mostly inedible but have ornamental and utilitarian uses.  Squash that are round, orange and may be carved are typically called pumpkins.

Squash can further be divided into two categories – summer or winter squash. These classifications have nothing to do with growing or harvest times.  "Winter" squash or hard-skinned refer to those species that take longer to mature, keep well and can be stored into the winter.   Some winter squash examples are  Acorn squash, Small Hubbard, Miniature Pumpkins and Spaghetti squash.  Some of the larger winter squash are Banana, Butternut, Large Hubbards, Cushaws, etc.

Summer or tender squash has tender skins and include – Zucchini, Pattypan, Straightneck, Crookneck, to name a few.

Gourds - 

Gourds are hard-shelled fruit that are grown for ornamental purposes or to be used as utensils.  Species like the Turban Gourd and the ornamental Autumn Wings are all squashes while  Hardshell, Bottle or Dipper gourds are relatives of the Cucurbita genus, but are in the species Lagenaria siceraria.  Hardshell gourds have been used as bottles and containers for liquid and dry materials.


Heart of Gold
A combined Sweet Dumpling and Acron Squash variety.  A sweet-flavoured squash.


Autumn Wing Gourd
A purely ornamental gourd.

Turk's Turban

Also known as French Turban.  This is an heirloom squash related to the Buttercup squash.  May be eaten or used for decoration.

 

 

Pumpkins

Pumpkins are squash cultivars that are round, with smooth skin ranging in colour from dark yellows to deep oranges.  The thick shell contains pulp and seeds.  Pumpkins are used for food and decoration.  Pumpkin pies made from cooked pumpkin puree are popular for Canadian and US Thanksgiving or Christmasmeals.  Pumpkins are carved as Jack O'Lanterns for decoration around Halloween.

Did you know.....

that the word "pumpkin" comes from the Greek word "pepon" which means "large melon"?  The French changed the name to "pompon" and the English adapted it to "pumpion".  Amaerican colonists started using the word "pumpkin".

Pumpkin seeds are edible and very tasty roasted.  They are known as "pepitas".

For Halloween-related pumpkin images, please visit the Halloween page.

 

 

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Pumpkins - 1

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Photo of bright orange pumpkins

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rows of pumpkins for halloween

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rows of halloween pumpkins

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Fruits & 
Vegetables

Fruits are the fleshy edible part of a plant that contains its seeds. Most people think that rhubarb is a fruit, but technically, rhubarb is a vegetable.

Vegetables are plants that are cultivated for their edible parts which include roots, stems, leaves or flowers.  Therefore, a zucchini is botanically a fruit, but is used as a vegetable.

 

 

 

"Anyone can count 
the number of seeds 
in an apple, 
but only God 
can count 
the number of 
apples in a seed."

~ Robert H. Schuller ~

 

 

 

 

"Might it be,
that the produce manager is more important to your children's health 
than is the pediatrician?"

~ Meryl Streep ~

 

 

 

 

"Let my words,
like vegetables,
be tender and sweet,
for tomorrow,
I may have to 
eat them."

~ Author Unknown ~

 

 

 

 

"An onion can make
people cry,
but there's no
vegetable
 that can 
make them laugh."

~ Anonymous ~

 

 

 

 

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garlic diet?

Although you don't
lose much weight,
from a distance,
your friends think
you look thinner!

 

 

 

 

 

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