Jack 'o LanternThe most popular vegetable during October is the bright orange squash, pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima, or C. moschata).

There is even a “world’s largest pumpkin” contest, with an attractive cash prize.

This popularity is not because people have suddenly decided to make pumpkin pies or have mashed squash for dinner.

But what about the Jack ‘o Lantern Story!