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.
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.
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.
Pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie filling, pasta, stews, pumpkin butter, roasted
Winter squash, Squash, Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbita moschata, Cucurbita maxima