Good gourd: It’s National Pumpkin Day!

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(CNN) — It’s like a pre-game celebration for Halloween: Friday is national pumpkin day!

Pumpkins are a very flexible fruit, used to make bars, cookies, coffee, cheesecake, pasta and oatmeal.

And of course, pumpkin spice is a popular flavor loved by millions across the U.S.

In addition to its edibility, pumpkins are also fun for families to carve and decorate for trick-or-treaters.

The U.S. produces 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins total — with Illinois making the most.

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