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More than 90% of the United States' canning pumpkins are grown in Illinois! Pumpkins are more than just for carving -- they can also be delicious. Pumpkins sold for carving are not designed to be eaten. Try roasting the seeds and adding your favorite seasonings for a crunchy snack. Look for pie pumpkins to include in recipes that call for pumpkin puree.

Pumpkin Nutrition
Pumpkin, along with many other orange vegetables, is an excellent source of vitamin A.
Choosing and Storing Pumpkins

Look for pumpkins without cuts and soft spots, that are firm and heavy for their size. You can store a pumpkin in a cool, dark place for two months.

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