A pumpkin is a cultivar of a squash plant, most commonly of Cucurbita pepo, that is round, with smooth, slightly ribbed skin, and deep yellow to orange coloration. The thick shell contains the seeds and pulp.


In a 100-gram amount, raw pumpkin provides 26 Calories and is an excellent source (20% or more the Daily Value, DV) of provitamin A beta-carotene and vitamin A (53% DV) (table). Vitamin C is present in moderate content (11% DV), but no other nutrients are in significant amounts (less than 10% DV, table). Pumpkin is 92% water, 6.5% carbohydrate, 0.1% fat and 1% protein (table).


EASIEST Pumpkin Soup


1.5 L water
1kg pumpkin, preferably butternut, diced
2 potatoes, diced
3 cloves garlic
2 stock cubes of your choice
300ml cream for cooking


1 Bring water to the boil.

2 Place pumpkin and potato in the boiling water.

3 Add garlic and stock cubes and simmer until vegetables are tender.

4 Blend soup and return to pan, add cooking cream and stir.

5 Gently reheat and serve.

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