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Since some squash share the same botanical classifications as pumpkins, the names are frequently used interchangeably.
One often-used botanical classification relies on the characteristics of the stems: pumpkin stems are more rigid, prickly, and angular (with an approximate five-degree angle) than squash stems, which are generally softer, more rounded, and more flared where joined to the fruit.
and is used interchangeably with "squash" and "winter squash" in some areas.
In many areas, including North America and the United Kingdom, pumpkin traditionally refers to only certain round, orange varieties of winter squash, predominantly derived from Cucurbita pepo, while in Australian English, pumpkin can refer to winter squash of any appearance.
The variety arose from the large squash of Chile after 1500 A.
D through the efforts of botanical societies and enthusiast farmers.
Such germplasm is commercially provocative, and in 1986 the United States extended protection for the giant squash.
This protection was limited to small specimens of a very specific parameters, being a weight of 175 pounds, oblong shape, etc.
Other colors, including dark green (as with some oilseed pumpkins), also exist.
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.
Nestlé, operating under the brand name Libby's, produces 85% of the processed pumpkin in the United States, at their plant in Morton, Illinois.