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    Saturday, January 3, 2009

    Pumpkin

    Pumpkin is like Pumpkin plants like watermelon, which are often planted in the rice fields by farmers, This creeping plants like shrub on the ground and the fruits just lay down on the ground. Pumpkin is name commonly given to fruit of the genus Cucurbita of the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae. The name squash is often interchanged with “pumpkin.” Most varieties that are called pumpkin have orange fruit, very long vines, and stems that are firmer and squarer than those of other squashes. The most common pumpkin, a variety of C. pepo, has been cultivated for so long that a wild from no longer exists.


    Pumpkins grow on trailing vines that bear broad, rough leaves and are punctuated by yellow flowers and tendrils. The gourd like orange fruit has a smooth, thick, slightly furrowed rind.

    Pumpkin seeds are planted in groups called hills. They are not harvested until the skin is tough, about 120 days after seeding. Pumpkins do not keep as long as winter squashes and must be picked before frosts occur.

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