Here’s a rundown of this favorite gourd-like fruit:
• A pumpkin grown last year weighed a record-setting 1,810 pounds, as much as a dairy cow or roughly half the weight of a small car.
• Pumpkins are a member of the gourd family, which includes cucumbers, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, watermelon, and zucchini. These plants are native to Central America and Mexico but now grow on six continents.
• Each pumpkin contains about 500 seeds.
• Pumpkins are low in calories, fat, and sodium and high in fiber. They're good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein, and iron.