Pumpkins are native to North America. It was Irish and English immigrants who brought the tradition of carving jack-o-lanterns for Halloween, but they had used turnips and beets in their native countries. They soon discovered that the pumpkins were even better suited for carving and placing a light within; it quickly became an American tradition.
- It's the Great Pumpkin! Or is That a Gourd? (PDF)
- Pumpkin - Cucurbita spp.
- Pumpkins and Halloween Safety (PDF)
- Pumpkins: Not Just Another Pretty Face (PDF)
Also on Gardening in a Minute
- Picking the Perfect Pumpkin--University of Illinois Extension
- Pumpkin Availability and Choosing a Good Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin--Maryland Cooperative Extension
- Pumpkins and More--University of Illinois Extension
- Selecting Pumpkins and Gourds--Kansas State Research and Extension
- Today's Pumpkins Not Just Basketballs--University of Georgia Cooperative Extension
- UF Researchers Develop Pumpkin Farming Method--Gainesville Sun