Free printable Pumpkin coloring pages (PDF), Originally, the pumpkin was at home in South America. There it was often grown together with corn and beans in mixed cultivation. While the calabash pumpkin was already known and used in Europe for several millennia, the now common garden pumpkin came to Europe many years later. The origin of the edible pumpkins known today is in Central and South America. There, pumpkins have been among the staple foods of the indigenous population for 10,000 years. Traditionally, pumpkin is grown in mixed cultivation with corn and beans.