The pumpkin originates from Central Amerika. They are not vegetables but fruits belonging to the family of the cucurbits. The name pumpkin is derived from the Greek word pepon, which means large melon. The pumpkin is an autumn fruit and is mainly available in October and November. The pumpkin is known for its large size. The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed more than 500 kg! However, the small sized pumpkins have the best taste and colour. Not only the pumpkin flesh but also the pumpkin flowers and seeds are eatable.