Botanically it is a fruit, referring to a plant part which grows from a flower; however, it is widely regarded as a vegetable in culinary terms, referring to how it is eaten.
Pumpkin growers often compete to see whose pumpkins are the most massive. Festivals are often dedicated to the pumpkin and these competitions. Half Moon Bay, California, holds the annual Pumpkin and Arts Festival which includes the World Champion Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Farmers from all over the west compete to determine who can grow the greatest gourd. The winning pumpkin regularly tops the scale at more than 1200 pounds. The Pumpkin Festival draws over 250,000 visitors each year.
Canned pumpkin Nutrition Facts: Calories, Carbs, and Health BenefitsTweet
Canned pumpkin is 89.97% water, 8.09% carbohydrates, 1.1% protein, 2.9% dietary fiber, 0.56% ash and 0.28% fat. One cup of canned pumpkin supplies you with 19.821 grams of carbohydrates, which is 15.25 percent of the minimum of 130 grams of carbohydrates you should have daily, according to the Institute of Medicine (US). That same it has an energy value of 142 kJ (34 Calories) in a 100 g (3.5 Oz) amount and is an important source of Vitamin A (total, RAE) (111.14% of the Daily Value). So if your diet contains canned pumpkin, it helps your body to reduce the risk of lung and prostate cancer, trap pathogenic bacteria, maintain your reproductive system's health and it is effective against night blindness or nyctalopia which is caused by vitamin A deficiency, development of acne due to excess secretion from sebaceous glands and impairment in bile production that leads to unabsorbed lipids. At the same time it contains a modest amount of Copper (11.89% DV).