Species Detail

Cucurbita pepo L.
pumpkin, acorn squash, crookneck, pattypan, zucchini, scallops


Scientific Name:  
Cucurbita pepo L.
Common Name:  
pumpkin, acorn squash, crookneck, pattypan, zucchini, scallops
Myaamia Name:  
eemhkwaani
Uses:  
Food
Harvest Seasons:  
Summer
Habitats:  
Dry Prairie grasslands, Wet Prairie grasslands with flooding, Conifer Shrubland and Forest
Locations:  
Undetermined
Growth Forms:  
Herb, Cultivated

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Cucurbita pepo L.
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
Deliette, L. 1702 Use - Food  cultivated; dried; cooked with meat and corn and eaten.
N/A 1998-2006 Use - Food  Barbara Mullins mother; Julia Lankford; placed pumpkins in a pressure cooker and prepared them for caning. Her grandmother 000 and great grandmother dried pumpkins for storage
Dablon, C. 1677 Use - Food  squash/pumpkins brought to missionaries for eating
Gravier, J. ca. 1700 Use - Food 
Tyner, J.W. 1968, September 9 Use - Food  wild/domesticated pumpkins grown
Potier, P. 1740 Use - Food  two types of pumpkins cultivated and eaten.
Charlevoix, P. 1923 Use - Food  gourds; or
Bush, L. L 1996 Use - Food  Human-charred cucurbit material was recovered from an early 19th century Miami village site at the forks of the Wabash River. Flower scars and seeds on material recovered suggest varieties of an acorn squash; Cuburbita pepo.
Tippman, D. 2005, February 27 Use - Food  cultivated and eaten. Has yellowish skin and orange flesh
N/A 1998-2006 Use - Food  domestic pumpkins used in contemporary griddle-cake recipe
Charlevoix, P. 1923 Horticultural Info  Gourds; watermelons and sunflowers are first sprouted in a hot-bed; then transplanted into a crop field
N/A 1998-2006 Food  Barbara Mullen's recipe for dried pumpkins: Cut ripe pumpkin in rings; remove the peeling hang on a stick before the fire near enough to dry slowly. This may be stored until ready for use. To prepare; it should be washed and cooked any way you like pumpkin. The Indians often ate it dried.
Gatschet, A.S. ca. 1895 Use - Food 
Dunn, J.P. Circa 1900 Use - Food 
Botanical Sources  
Cucurbita pepo L.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
Gleason, H.A. & Cronquist, A. 1991   Occurs on dry soils in various habitats
Gleason, H.A. & Cronquist, A. 1991   C. foetidissima wild pumpkin occurs in dry soils in western and potentially in eastern Miami lands
Related Sources  
Cucurbita pepo L.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
No Reference Specified   A single Curcurbita pepo rind fragment was found at the Riverton archaeological site, on the Wabash River, near present day Vicennes IN, dating to approximately 3200 B.P. (Yarnell 1976).
N/A 1998-2006   Barbaras recipe for dried pumpkins: Cut ripe pumpkin in rings; remove the peeling hang on a stick before the fire near enough to dry slowly. This may be stored until ready for use. To prepare; it should be washed and cooked any way you like pumpkin. The Indians often ate it dried
Bush, L. L 1996   Human-charred cucurbit material was recoverd from an early 19th century Miami village site at the forks of the Wabash River (Ft Wayne) 1795-1812 (Ehler Site). Material were flower scars that most closely matched acorn-type squash.
Hockett, C.F. 1985   Miami-Illinois terms for pumpkin also include the Miami word