Pumpkins can normally be stored for 30 – 90 days. For long term storage, wash the pumpkins in a very soap. This will help destroy bacteria which may cause the fruit to rot. Allow the pumpkin to dry completely. Store the pumpkin in a cool, dry and dark place (if possible). Avoid hot and humid places, even if storing for only a couple of weeks. Pumpkins are best stored on a board or piece of cardboard. Do not store the fruit on a cement floor, as they tend to rot.
HOW TO USE
Excellent for pies, soups, stews and roasted vegetable platters, purees, and baby food.
One cup of cooked pumpkin (245 grams) contains:
Fat: 0.2 grams
Protein: 2 grams
Carbs: 12 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Vitamin A: 245%
Vitamin C: 19%
Vitamin B2: 11%
Vitamin E: 10%
Magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, folate and several B vitamins are also present in pumpkins. Besides being packed with vitamins and minerals, pumpkins are low in calories, as they are 94% water. They are also very high in beta-carotene, (a carotenoid that your body turns into vitamin A.)
Pumpkin Seeds are also edible, and linked to numerous health benefits as well.