This somewhat odd saying, dar calabazas a alguien, is used in Spain to turn down someone’s offer of love. Apparently, in some areas of Catalonia, the boyfriend who is served pumpkin by his potential in-laws knows that he is not in favour.
And why a pumpkin, you may well ask.
It turns out the pumpkin has long been considered to have an anti-aphrodisiac effect
Pumpkins in Kew Gardens, London, October 2013
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 5 February 2022
Posted as part of Becky’s SquareOdds