Pumpkin

Scientific Name: Cucurbita maxima Duchesne

Arabic name(s): الدُبَّاء

English name(s): Pumpkin

Growth form: Pumpkin is an annual, monoecious, trailing or climbing herb.

Order: Cucurbitales

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Genus: Cucurbita L.

Species: Cucurbita maxima Duchesne

Citation in the Quran:

The word Duba’a “pumpkin” is not mentioned in the Holy Qur’an.

Citation in the Hadit:

Anas bin. Malik reported: A tailor invited Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) to a meal which he had prepared. Anas b. Malik said: I went along with Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) to that feast. He presented to Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) barley bread and soup containing Pumpkin, and sliced pieces of meat. Anas said: I saw Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) going after the Pumpkin round the dish, so I have always liked the Pumpkin since that day. Sahih Muslim , book of drinks .

Habitat & Distribution:

Cucurbita maxima are a nativa of temperate South America. The plant is the only species which originated in South America.

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