Pumpkin

Did You Know?

Pumpkins are part of the Curcurbita family, and are really a squash.

Nutrition Facts

Pumpkins are a fantastic source of beta-carotene, vitamins A, C, E, K, potassium, magnesium, fiber, and iron. The seeds of the pumpkin, called "pepitas," are also loaded with nutrients and delicious!

Shopping and Storage

When shopping for a pumpkin, select one that feels heavy for its size, as lighter ones are drier. A two- to five-pound pumpkin is usually the best choice.

Pumpkins will keep well for a while in a cool, dry place. But once  cut open they must be eaten or frozen in a couple of days to prevent spoilage. If cooked, pumpkin will keep in the refrigerator for four to five days.

Preparation

Dried and roasted, pumpkin seeds are a great snack on the go (check out our recipe!) The flesh of the pumpkin may also be cut into chunks and roasted, as well as puréed or made into soups, pies and breads.