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Pumpkins are particularly popular at this time of the year, whether it is for cooking tasty meals or carving out faces to make spooky lanterns. In 2019, about 25 000 hectares across the European Union (EU) were devoted to cultivating them and other types of gourd. The EU Member States which produced the most pumpkins and gourds in 2019 were France (129 400 tonnes) and Spain (129 100 tonnes).

Infographic: Main producers of gourds and pumpkins

Source dataset: apro_cpsh1

The other main pumpkin producing Member States in 2019 were Germany (86 000 tonnes), Portugal (72 700 tonnes) and Poland (68 500 tonnes).

In 2019, the EU imported 31 100 tonnes of pumpkins, squash and gourds from abroad, 81% more than in 2012. The highest share of the imports in 2019 came from South Africa (17%), followed by Panama (11%), Morocco (10%), the United Kingdom and Argentina (9% each) as well as Brazil (8%).

 Infographic: Imports and exports of pumpkins

 Source dataset: DS-016890

In 2019, the EU exported 21 700 tonnes of pumpkins, squash and gourds outside the EU, 64% more than in 2012. These exports were mainly to the United Kingdom in 2019 (63%), followed by Switzerland (16%) and Israel (11%).

Among EU Member States, Spain exported the most pumpkins, squash and gourds to non-EU countries (36% of the extra-EU exports in volume) in 2019, closely followed by Portugal (30%), ahead of France (12%) and Greece (10%).


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