Pumpkin is the name used to refer to a number of varieties of winter squash of the Cucurbita genus, including Curcubita pepo, moschata, and maxima. Pumpkins typically have orange flesh though different varieties show a range of flesh and peel color. Pumpkin seeds are a popular snack food. See: Pepita, Pumpkin seed oil.

Health considerations

Pumpkin and winter squash are sources of vitamins C, E, K, and a number of B vitamins, as well as magnesium iron, potassium, copper, and manganese. They are exceptionally high in carotenoids and vitamin A.

Keep in mind

Significant consumption of pumpkin, winter squash, and other sources of vitamin A can lead to the appearance of a yellowish-orange tint to the skin, particularly on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

May be found in

Pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie filling, pasta, stews, pumpkin butter, roasted


Nutrition Data
Journal of Food Biochemistry
Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology

Alternative names and spellings

Winter squash, Squash, Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbita moschata, Cucurbita maxima

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