In Australia and New Zealand, pumpkin is often roasted in conjunction with other vegetables.In Japan, small pumpkins are served in savory dishes, including tempura.A pumpkin is a cultivar of a squash plant, most commonly of Cucurbita pepo, that is round, with smooth, slightly ribbed skin, and deep yellow to orange coloration. Some exceptionally large cultivars of squash with similar appearance have also been derived from Cucurbita maxima. In New Zealand and Australian English, the term pumpkin generally refers to the broader category called winter squash elsewhere.Specific cultivars of winter squash derived from other species, including C. pumpkins are widely grown for commercial use and are used both in food and recreation.All vegetarians, vegans and non meat-eaters deserve a variety of pure vegetarian meat free products available to them.
In the United States and Canada, pumpkin is a popular Halloween and Thanksgiving staple. Often, it is made into pie, various kinds of which are a traditional staple of the Canadian and American Thanksgiving holidays.
In Myanmar, pumpkins are used in both cooking and desserts (candied). In Thailand, small pumpkins are steamed with custard inside and served as a dessert.
In Vietnam, pumpkins are commonly cooked in soups with pork or shrimp.
In the fall of 2009, rain in Illinois devastated the Nestlé crop, resulting in a shortage affecting the entire country during the Thanksgiving holiday season.
Pumpkins are a warm-weather crop that is usually planted in early July.
Pumpkins are grown all around the world for a variety of reasons ranging from agricultural purposes (such as animal feed) to commercial and ornamental sales.