Pumpkin (fruit)

Pumpkins are the fruit of the herbaceous plant, Cucurbita pepo. Pumpkin is a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, copper and manganese, and a good source of vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. A cup of boiled pumpkin is just 49 calories and provides 245% of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin A, 19% DV vitamin C, and 11% DV dietary fiber ( The percent DV on a Nutrition Facts label indicates how much a nutrient contributes to a healthy adult’s daily recommended intake based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Pumpkin has been used traditionally to benefit the prostate gland, the kidney and the bladder1.

This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


  1. Li TSC. Vegetables and Fruits: Nutritional and Therapuetic Values. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press, 2006.