Pumpkin is a winter squash, related to watermelons and cantaloupe.

Because pumpkins are only available in the fall and early winter, canned pumpkin – solid packed with no added sugar, spices or ingredients – is an excellent way to enjoy this nutritional powerhouse year round. Use canned pumpkin in sauces, smoothies and homemade whole grain bakery recipes.

Pumpkin is low in calories, and an excellent source of beta carotene and fiber, plus a good source of copper, iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C.

Antioxidant Score* (ORAC)=483

Selecting and Storing Pumpkin

Choose pumpkins that are free from blemishes and heavy for their size. Store whole pumpkins at room temperature up to a month or refrigerate up to 3 months.

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Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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