A pumpkin is a member of the cucurbit (gourd) family. The cucurbit family includes pumpkins, squash, cucumbers, watermelons and melons. Most of the plants in this family are vines however there are a few exceptions.
There are countless varieties of pumpkins but the most popular in Australia are the Butternut, Golden Nugget, Japanese and Queensland Blue.
Pumpkins like most vegetables are packed with a variety of nutrients. Pumpkins are low in calories but high in fiber. They are also low in sodium and the seeds are high in protein, iron, and the B vitamins.
Pumpkins are very high in beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant which converts into Vitamin A, this is important for good eye sight and grow and develop.
[ source: allaboutpumpkins.com ]