In 2019, about 25.000 hectares across the European Union were devoted to cultivating pumpkins and other types of gourd, Eurostat reports.
The EU Member States which produced the most pumpkins and gourds in 2019 were France (129.400 tonnes) and Spain (129.100 tonnes).
They followed by Germany (86.000 tonnes), Portugal (72.700 tonnes) and Poland (68.500 tonnes).
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%).
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%).
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%).