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Limelight on the emblem of Halloween, the pumpkin
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Limelight on the emblem of Halloween, the pumpkin

Pumpkin/ winter squash belong to the Cucurbitaceae family. These large round orange pumpkins are emblematic of fall.

Today, pumpkin is predominately consumed in North America. Also Known as the Jack-o'-lantern, this symbol of Halloween mostly serves decorative purposes.

Originally, Halloween was in actual fact celebrated in Ireland and Scotland. Early Jack-o'-lanterns were traditionally made from turnips that were hollowed out and in which children carved faces. On arriving in the USA, emigrants found the native pumpkin, which, easier to carve, replaced the traditional turnip to make the Jack-o'-lanterns, an essential Halloween decoration.

There is much confusion between the traditional pumpkin and the more fibrous less dense Jack-o-lanterns pumpkin. See the article on the pumpkin.


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