Scientific name and origins of pumpkins

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Scientific name and origins of pumpkins

 

A farmer asked my expertriate colleague why he likes eating "dzungu" a local dialetic name for pumpkin and further answered himself that may be because he was "mzungu" meaning "white" person.  If you are not a local, you can hardily tell the difference in prononciation of both words in Malawi which mean different things. This brings me to frequently asked questions by farmers about the origins and scientific name of pumpkins.