Photograph of a pumpkin.

Though they often used solely as festive fall decorations, pumpkins are also nutritious and nutritious vegetables than can be found in many soups, stews and other hearty dishes. When fresh pumpkins are not available or convenient, canned pumpkin can be a convenient alternative.

Pumpkin Recipes

USDA Mixing Bowl. SNAP Recipes.

Pumpkins & More

University of Illinois Extension.

Excellent web site includes information about pumpkin history, selection and use, nutrition information, facts and recipes that include pumpkins. An education section includes activities and lesson plans from various sources. Web site is also available in Spanish.

Fruits and Vegetables Lesson: Squash and Pumpkin (PDF | 301 KB)

University of Georgia.

Lesson plan for older adults teaches the health benefits of summer squash, winter squash and pumpkin, and how to choose, store, cook and prepare them. Includes handouts, worksheets, activities, recipes and references. Also available as a Word document.

Pumpkin: Nutrition. Selection. Storage

Produce for Better Health Foundation.

This page contains nutrition information for pumpkin and tips on how to select, store and prepare it.

Winter Squash and Pumpkins

Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Network.

Web site contains PDF files of newsletters, recipes, bookmarks, and other nutrition education materials related to winter squash. Bookmark, newsletter and recipes are available in large type.

Watch Your Garden Grow - Pumpkin

University of Illinois Extension.

Web fact sheet explains the different varieties of pumpkin, gives selection and storage tips, and provides nutritional value and health benefits. Also includes preparation and serving tips, home preservation guidance and a recipe.

Can You Eat Your Jack-o-lantern Pumpkin?

University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension. Lancaster County.

Article explains how to prepare and cook a pumpkin either by boiling/steaming, baking or microwaving and how to form and freeze pumpkin puree.

Pumpkin: Food $ense Guide to Eating Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (PDF | 195 KB)

Utah State University Cooperative Extension.

This document contains a broad overview of pumpkins including availability, selection, storage, and preparation. Nutrition highlights and recipes containing pumpkin are also included.