Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Pumpkin (Cueurbita Pepo), an annual plant, belonging to the order Cucurbitacea?, of uncertain nativity. It has been cultivated in England since 1570. It has large, rough, five-lobed leaves, unbranched tendrils, and an oblong fruit varying in size and shape, but often very large. Mixed with sliced apples, sugar and spice, and baked, it is eaten as pumpkin pie, a dish now more familiar in America than in England, where this vegetable has been largely superseded by its variety, the Vegetable Marrow (q.v.).