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For the purists, we do know that pumpkins are technically hard-rind squash. However, not everyone knows that, so we made them into a separate item here!

Pumpkins are native to North America and are one of the most popular crops in the U.S. Americans produce about 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins a year, at an average weight of 9-18 pounds each. The world record for the largest pumpkin was set in 2009 with a 1,810 pound pumpkin! (Read more about pumpkins on Wikipedia.)

Pumpkins are an excellent source of vitamins A, C and E, riboflavin, copper, potassium, and manganese. One cup mashed provides only 49 calories and 245% of the recommended daily value for vitamin A! The high amounts of beta-carotene in pumpkins may reduce the risk of developing certain cancers and also prevent against heart disease. (See more pumpkin nutrition facts on

Pumpkins can be stored for up to a month in a cool, dry environment (they'll go a bit more quickly than other hard-rind squash like butternut).