Pumpkins

Pumpkins

Though they are often used solely as festive fall decorations, pumpkins are also nutrition and versatile vegetables than can be found in many soups, stews and other hearty dishes. When fresh pumpkins are not available or convenient, canned pumpkin can be a great alternative.



Kansas Fruit and Veggie Quick Facts (PDF | 6.66 MB)

Kansas State Department of Education, Child Nutrition & Wellness.

Fact sheets provide origin, availability, nutrition information, trivia, and riddles or activities for over 40 fruits and vegetables.


Pumpkin Recipes

USDA. NAL. Healthy Meals Resource System.

Quantity recipes containing pumpkin from the HMRS Recipe Finder database.


Pumpkins & More

University of Illinois Extension.

Excellent web site includes information about pumpkin history, selection and use, nutrition information, facts and recipes that include pumpkins. An education section includes activities and lesson plans from various sources. Web site is also available in Spanish.


Pumpkin Fact Sheet (PDF | 430 KB)

Mississippi State University Extension Service.

This fact sheet provides growing information, food safety tips, nutrient information, mealtime ideas, fun facts, and ways to involve children in preparation. From One to Grow On: A Garden-Based Learning Program for Preschoolers.


Vegetable Posters (PDF | 6.13 MB)

Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Each of these 18 colorful posters features a different vegetable with simple facts for preschoolers. Page 14 contains a Pumpkin poster. From One to Grow On: A Garden-Based Learning Program for Preschoolers.


Pumpkin Clipart Food Clipart

Foodandhealth.communications.

Provides a variety of fruit and vegetable clipart images, for free use. Search for a fruit or vegetable to see all associated images.


Fresh from the World... Where Your Food Comes From: Pumpkins

University of Illinois Extension. Urban Program Resource Network.

Interactive Web site can be used to teach children about the origin of their food. Includes fun activities, games, and lots of educational animations on different food histories.


Can You Eat Your Jack-o-lantern Pumpkin?

University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension. Lancaster County.

Article explains how to prepare and cook a pumpkin either by boiling/steaming, baking or microwaving and how to form and freeze pumpkin puree.


Functional Food: Deep Yellow Vegetables

Pennsylvania State University Extension.

Perfect for a lesson on deep yellow-orange vegetables, this page includes links to a lesson plan, a Power Point presentation, a fact sheet, tip sheets, a crossword puzzle, recipes, and an evaluation booklet.


Watch Your Garden Grow - Pumpkin

University of Illinois Extension.

Web fact sheet explains the different varieties of pumpkin, gives selection and storage tips, and provides nutritional value and health benefits. Also includes preparation and serving tips, home preservation guidance and a recipe.


Winter Squash and Pumpkins

Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Network.

Web site contains PDF files of newsletters, recipes, bookmarks, and other nutrition education materials related to winter squash. Bookmark, newsletter and recipes are available in large type.