These seeds are handed down through generations of pumpkin families and from different parts of the world. Different types of pumpkins/squash are used to make various dishes. A wonderful resource with a mass of relevant pumpkin information can be found at allaboutpumpkins.com
This astonishing natural wonder is actually a cultivar by people in Western countries such as; New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, the U.K. and of course farmers in the U.S., creating special pumpkin characteristics through selective breeding. A ‘splitting image’ I guess you could say. They play an even larger part in the study of sustainable foods which is a fascinating read at sustainableamerica.org. I know one thing; They are beautiful and exciting and a cooking challenge worth exploring. Happy Pumpkin Season!