- High in protein
- Source of fibre
- Low in salt
Vitamins & Minerals
- High in Potassium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc and Copper
November and December
Pumpkins belong to the Cucurbita plant family, which includes squashes, watermelons and cucumbers. As pumpkins are easy to cross-breed, there are a huge number of varieties which are bred for different uses – including in America particularly, decorative use.
Cucurbita Moschata varieties are grown for commercial use while Curcubita Pepo varieties provide more decorative types.
Pumpkin is a very low-calorie vegetable, with 100g providing just 26 calories. As such it is often recommended to help with weight control.
Pumpkin seeds were used in traditional American Indian medicine as a means of expelling tapeworms and other parasites.