Giant pumpkin

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Not to be confused with Great Pumpkin or Great Pumpkin (disambiguation).
The giant squash, having the pseudonym "Giant Pumpkins" for its orange phenotypes. Another pseudonym, "Atlantic Giant," was legally associated with the giant squash in 1986 via a US PVP, and is a 1997-present US trademark. The squash has had numerous pseudonyms associated with it over the centuries. It has gotten larger, from allegedly 200 pounds in the early 1800s, 300 in 1860s, 400 in 1900, and 500 in the 1970s - the squash grew 1,000 pounds in 1995. 1,500 pounds were purported with the passage of another 10 years (2006), and a one-ton fruit was announced in 2012.[1]

A giant pumpkin is an orange fruit of the giant squash C. maxima commonly weighing from 150 pounds to over one ton.[1]

Atlantic Giant[edit]

Atlantic Giant is a pseudonym that was legally associated with the giant squash by a 1986 US PVP, and is a 1997-present US trademark. It is a name only, and it is restricted (only since 1997-present). It is not a restriction on the giant squash, and has never been. The current restriction pertains only to agricultural seed, not fruit, and does not specify species.[1][2][3]

Dill's Atlantic Giant[edit]

Not to be confused with Atlantic Giant is “Dill’s” Atlantic Giant, which is a permanent US legal pseudonym for the giant squash when it produces fruit approximately 175 pounds, golden orange, oblong, et cetera, as stipulated by the 1986 PVP. It is a form of the giant squash, but it is not restricted, except that the name must be used if selling it (was restricted 1986-2004). This restriction is the only restriction on the giant squash. If the squash does not closely fit the description of Dill's Atlantic Giant, then it is not Dill's Atlantic Giant.[1]

World Record Giant Pumpkins by year[edit]

  • 2014 - Beni Meier, 2323.7 pounds (1054 kg)[4]
  • 2013 - Tim Mathison, 2032 pounds (921 kg)[5]
  • 2012 - Ron Wallace, 2009 pounds (911 kg)[5]
  • 2011 - Jim and Kelsey Bryson, 1818.5 pounds (824 kg)[5]
  • 2010 - Chris Stevens, 1810.5 pounds (821 kg)[5]
  • 2009 - Christy Harp, 1725 pounds (782 kg)[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Body text/content for this Wikipedia page was copied with permission from [Karl, J. R. 2014. Cleaning the Giant Pumpkin ISBN 9781512074567]
  2. ^ USDA PVP Office
  3. ^ US Trademark Office
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b c d e

Further reading[edit]

  • Susan Warren, Backyard Giants: The Passionate, Heartbreaking, and Glorious Quest to Grow the Biggest Pumpkin Ever, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2007. ISBN 1-59691-278-2
  • Don Langevin, How-to-Grow World Class Giant Pumpkins, III, Annedawn Publishing, 2003. ISBN 0963279319

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