Welcome to my Curcurbita maxima site!


 Animated pumpking with light found at is not the strongest pumpkin grower that survives, not the most intelligent, but the grower most responsive to change.--- Charles Darwin, Theory of Pumpkin Evolution~


For centuries, they've provided decorations for Halloween, pies at Thanksgiving, and a carriage for Cinderella, but what's the real story behind those pumpkins?  Jack-o-Lanterns and pumpkin pies aren't the only things pumpkins are good for, nor are they the only interesting aspects of C. maxima.  I hope my website will help you to learn more about the impressive angiosperms and their niche in the world!
Pumpkin fruit courtesy of Purdue University.  Found at


What kind of ancesters are C. maxima related to?  Good question!  Find out here.