Pumpkin - Overview

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“Pumpkin?” people ask “Why pumpkin?” Most people find pumpkin the dark horse of the SuperFoods. Many of us rarely think of pumpkin as a food. We buy a pumpkin to carve at Halloween when it serves as a glorified candleholder that’s disposed of once the trick or treaters go home. We only eat it once a year, if at all, in a Thanksgiving pie. Most people think of pumpkin as a decorative gourd rather than a highly nutritious and desirable food.

This is unfortunate because the squash known as pumpkin is one of the most nutritionally valuable foods known to man. (By the way, pumpkin is not a vegetable; it’s a fruit. Like melons, it’s a member of the gourd family.) Moreover, it’s inexpensive, available year round in canned form, incredibly easy to incorporate into recipes, high in fiber, and low in calories. All in all, pumpkin is a real nutrition superstar.


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