Title Info
Common name Pumpkins
Scientific name Cucurbita pepo
Taxonomic group Cucurbitaceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Economic botany Food plants
Food plants Vegetables
Date 1998
Pumpkins, <i>Cucurbita pepo</i>
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Pumpkins. Several different species of squash go by the common name ?pumpkin.? A New World crop, squash was one of the three staples (the others are corn and beans) of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. The domesticated species Cucurbita pepo dates back to between 7,500 and 9,000 years before present in Mexico.