- Various fruits of the genus Curcubita, e.g. Curcubita maxima or C. moschata, which are used when fully ripe and the rind has hardened. They are peeled and the seeds removed before cooking. Used for pumpkin pie and soup. Examples are Hubbard, table queen or acorn, golden delicious, butter cup, butternut, turk’s cap, etc. They all have much the same flavour. They are often added to curries in India and used tempura-style in Japan. They may also be pickled or made into chutney. The salted and dry-roasted seeds are eaten as a snack food.