Pumpkins, squash and gourds are members of the Cucurbita family. This genus includes four major species: C. maxima (Hubbard squash, buttercup squash, and some varieties of prize pumpkins, such as Big Max); C. mixta (cushaw squash); C. moschata (butternut squash), and C. pepo (most pumpkins, acorn squash, summer squash, and courgette). In North America, squash is loosely grouped into summer squash or winter squash, depending on whether they are harvested as immature fruit (summer squash) or mature fruit (autumn squash or winter squash). Smaller types of squash which are well known include the pumpkin and zucchini; giant squash is routinely grown to weights nearing those of giant pumpkins.
For more details, refer to our list of gourds and squashes. We will be happy to assist you in selecting the variety most suited to your needs.