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or pumpkin-like squash are known to have first
existed in both North and South America. Their
remnants have been found in mountainous areas of
North America, in what is now Mexico and date back
approximately 8,000 years. Early European explorers
in South America found Indians eating pumpkin-like
melons as a large part of their diet.
name 'pumpkin' originated by the English in the
17th century. It was derived from the long
forgotten words 'pumpion' and 'pompion'. The name
'pumpkin' comes from the Greek 'pepon' meaning
is commonly known by historians that squash was the
first plant cultivated by North American Indians
well over 2,000 years ago.
corn introduced to the early Americans (Pilgrims)
by the North American Indians was credited for
helping the Pilgrims succeed in there new land, it
was also the pumpkin that was introduced to the
Pilgrims that allowed the corn to grow and not to
be devoured by small animals. The pumpkin vines
with their thorn like skins were grown around the
corn stacks keeping animals away.
Halloween holiday which proceeds the Christian
holiday, 'All Saints Day' covets the pumpkin in its
"jack-o'-lantern" form as a symbol of the holiday.
Early in Ireland, the Irish hollowed out, then
carved turnips and potatoes with images of strange
faces, then inserted candles. These 'lanterns' were
thought to scare away the spirits 'that walked the
earth at night'. The Irish immigrants coming to the
new land discovered that the pumpkin was much
easier to carve than a turnip or a potato, so... We
embrace the pumpkin in the form of a
jack-o'-lantern as a traditional image of
Halloween. Of course, we now celebrate its carving
as a family tradition or as a pretense to gather
friends and be festive.