Its fall's signature squash, and almost all of it is edible- fruit, leaves, flowers and seeds. The flesh is rich in antioxidants and vitamins including beta-carotene (essential for eye health), fiber, and vitamin K (which may reduce risk for some types of cancer)
The seeds; known as pepitas are also good for you. One ounce (about 140 seeds) is packed with protein, magnesium, potassium, and zinc, and studies are now saying they can help prevent the enlargement of the prostate glad.
Pumpkin seeds were a celebrated food among many Native American tribes, who treasured them both for their dietary and medicinal properties. In South America, the popularity of pumpkin seeds has been traced at least as far back as the Aztec cultures of 1300-1500 AD.
Today, China produces more pumpkins and pumpkin seeds than any other country.