You've got to pity the pumpkin. Relegated to Halloween carving and Thanksgiving dessert, this orange squash has versatility and nutritional value that go largely unappreciated.

  • A half-cup of cooked pumpkin meets the daily requirement for vitamin A.
  • That half-cup has less than 50 calories.
  • Fresh pumpkin can be substituted in any recipes calling for winter squashes or sweet potatoes.
  • Small, young pumpkins have more flavor and are less stringy than larger ones.
  • Pumpkins are a versatile vegetable: They can be diced, steamed and flavored with nutmeg as a side dish. They can be stuffed with meat or vegetables and baked. They can be used as a nutritious base for soups and casseroles.