The pumpkins you choose for your Halloween and Thanksgiving cooking and baking are small and known as pie pumpkins or sweet pumpkins. These types of pumpkins can be found at your local grocery store, usually in the produce section. Look for small pumpkins labeled wither pie or sweet pumpkins, as these have been specifically cultivated for eating and baking. Pie pumpkins are smaller than pumpkins used for decorating, typically they are less than 10-inches in diameter. Pie pumpkin meat is less stringy and smoother than the meat of a pumpkin used for carving jack-o-lanterns.
Why should you eat pumpkin? Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and potassium. One-half cup of cooked pumpkin provides more than the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A. One cup of cooked pumpkin contains only 81 calories and is low in fat and sodium. Cooked pumpkin can be substituted for squash as a side dish for any meal.
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