- Name: Pumpkin
- Type of Food: Winter Squash (Fruit)
- Produced From: Cucurbita pepo
- Total Calories: 49 (1 cup serving)
- Total Fat: 0 grams (1 cup serving)
- Total Protein: 2 grams (1 cup serving)
- Total Carbohydrates: 12 grams (1 cup serving)
23 Pumpkin Facts for Kids
- A pumpkin is a winter squash grown for consumption and other uses.
- A pumpkin has a roundish shape, with slight horizontally ribbed skin.
- Pumpkins are usually orange or a deep yellow color.
- Pumpkins have a thick shell and inside of that shell is pulp that contains seeds.
- Common pumpkins are the species cucurbita pepo of the Cucurbita genus.
- Other species of the Cucurbita genus are sometimes called pumpkins, like C. argyrosperma, C. maxima and C. moschata.
- Pumpkins are native to the Northern America, specifically the southern United States and northeastern Mexico.
- Pumpkins are considered one of the world’s oldest domesticated plants, going back as far as 7,500 BC.
- Pumpkins are grown as a food source, like pumpkin pie or roasted pumpkin seeds.
- One cup of pumpkin (116 grams) has 30 calories.
- One cup of pumpkin (116 grams) has 0 grams of fat.
- One cup of pumpkin (116 grams) has 0 grams of cholesterol.
- One cup of pumpkin (116 grams) has 1 milligram of sodium (salt).
- One cup of pumpkin (116 grams) has 8 grams of carbohydrates.
- One cup of pumpkin (116 grams) has 1 gram of protein.
- One cup of pumpkin (116 grams) has 23 grams of calcium, 1 gram of iron and 395 milligrams of potassium.
- In 2017, the largest producer of pumpkins was China with over 8.8 million tons.
- In 2017, China account for almost a third of all the pumpkin production worldwide.
- In 2017, the world produced over 30 million tons of pumpkins.
- In 2017, the United States of America produced over 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins.
- Pumpkins are also used as ornaments during Thanksgiving and Halloween in the United States.
- In the United States, it’s common to clean out pumpkins and carve faces into them for Halloween.
- Pumpkins that are carved for Halloween are called jack-o’-lanterns.
Pictures of Pumpkins
A picture of a lot of pumpkins in a pumpkin patch.
Credit: University of Colorado Boulder
A picture of pumpkin seeds without their shells.
A picture of a pumpkin carved for Halloween.
Additional Resources on Pumpkins
- Pumpkin Nutrition Facts – View the nutritional facts for pumpkin on the USDA SNAP-Ed Connection website.
- Benefits of Pumpkins – Discover a few of the benefits of pumpkins on the Piedmont Healthcare website.
- Pumpkin – Wikipedia – Find more facts about pumpkins on the Wikipedia website.