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The GREAT Pumpkin (Benefits)

The fall season is here once again, like the Great Pumpkin rising out of a pumpkin patch from a Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang tale. Every year, some of us look forward to the season, while others are preparing for a cold winter. But do you know just how great pumpkins can really be?

 

   First of all, if you like pumpkins, then Michigan is one of the right states for you! In 2022, pumpkins generated $16 million. They produced 90 million pounds (Michigan Specialty Crops, n.d). Our state typically harvests most of our pumpkins in September and October. Some varieties are used for jack-o-lanterns at Halloween. Others are consumed as a highly nutritious and delicious food (Pure Michigan Fit, n.d). Some are bred to be large (60-80lbs) and then launched through the air via a 40 foot Trebuchet. Some are bred to be ENORMOUS and weigh more than a vehicle! Michiganders can grow and consume some pumpkins ay?

 

   Let’s focus on the nutritional benefits of a pumpkin for you AND your dog. Pumpkins are a good source of potassium and an excellent source of fiber, vitamins A, C, and K. They are also rich in beta carotene, an antioxidant. The body converts it into vitamin A when consumed (Pure Michigan Fit, n.d). For many dogs, pumpkin can be an amazing regulator for their digestive system. Even adding a small amount to their food dish is recommended by many vets.


This fall, when you’re bringing home future jack-o-lanterns or making a pie, give a little pumpkin to your dog. See if they like it. If they do, it’s really one of the best human foods they can have. If you don’t have the luxury of being able to get fresh pumpkin this year, we have you covered.

 

Happy Pumpkin Season!

 

Pure Michigan Fit.(n.d.). Pumpkins.

 

Michigan Specialty Crops. Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development. (n.d.). Pumpkins & Squash.

 

 

 

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