It's Fall, Y'All! The season for everyone's favorite...Pumpkins!
Native to North America, pumpkins are a type of winter squash, genus Cucurbita, that are a category all their own, species pepo or maxima (this species is for the really big pumpkins). At this time of year, the market is filled with many different types of pumpkins besides the basic orange globe. If you see an unusual one at your market, try it for a different look in your fall decorations or as a completely different culinary taste treat.
By the way, did you know pumpkins are technically a fruit, not a vegetable?
Enjoy your exploration!