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Pumpkins Not Plentiful this Year?
Written by October 29, 2009

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Pumpkins Not Plentiful this Year?

Pumpkin growers throughout the U.S. are reporting smaller and fewer pumpkins this year. Cool, wet weather during the spring and growing season have resulted in losses due to rot/fungus and late ripening – both this year and last. What does this mean for you? Possibly more difficulty finding that perfect pumpkin and higher prices on canned pumpkin used in pies and breads. But don't write off your pumpkin recipes if the shelves at your supermarket are bare. Pumpkin is packed with healthful nutrients (see Nutrition Facts highlighed below) and warrants a second stop, especially since many only eat it this one time a year.  

Pumpkin Nutrition Facts1
(1 cup cooked, boiled, drained, without salt)

Calories 49
Protein 2 grams
Carbohydrate 12 grams
Dietary Fiber 3 grams
Calcium 37 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Magnesium 22 mg
Potassium 564 mg
Zinc 1 mg
Selenium .50 mg
Vitamin C 12 mg
Niacin 1 mg
Folate 21 mcg
Vitamin A 2650 IU
Vitamin E 3 mg

Looking for a good recipe with pumpkin? Here are some links:

1University of Illinois Extension: Pumpkins and More; http://urbanext.illinois.edu/pumpkins/default.cfm.

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