A pumpkin is a cultivar of a squash plant. It is round, with smooth, slightly ribbed skin, and a deep yellow to orange coloration. Since a pumpkin contains seeds, it is technically a fruit (Wikipedia, nd).
Pumpkin is a common food to be allergic to. This allergy can be especially tricky, especially around fall and winter when pumpkin makes a resurgence in popularity. Avoid foods that you suspect of containing pumpkin, and check all ingredients thoroughly. In the event of an allergic reaction after ingesting pumpkin, contact your allergist.
Pumpkins are very versatile in their uses for cooking. Most parts of the pumpkin are edible, including the fleshy shell, the seeds, the leaves, and even the flowers. In the United States and Canada, pumpkin is a popular Halloween and Thanksgiving staple. Pumpkin purée is sometimes prepared and frozen for later use (Wikipedia, nd).
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