Pumpkins have been grown in North America for five thousand years, indigenous to the western hemisphere. They are a member of the gourd family, which includes cucumbers, honeydew melons, cantaloupe, watermelons and zucchini.
Whether large or small, pumpkins come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and even colors. For instance, the cheese pumpkin is a lovely shade of soft peach; the bright orange sugar pie pumpkin is used for cooking and carving, and runs about 2 to 5 pounds; the Cinderella pumpkin is a deep red/orange and has a semi-flat round shape; and the Chinese pumpkin (kabocha) is a small. flat, round, dark green pumpkin with deep ridges and tastes like winter squash.Left on the vine longer, it can turn a nice deep orange. There are even light blue and white pumpkins (Lumina, Casper)!
Pumpkins are low in calories, fat, and sodium and high in fiber. They are good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein, and iron.
Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes, from miniatures to giant, from bright orange to green!