Michael Cutler of Nevada (MCNV) offers pumpkins through a joint venture in Yerington, NV. MCNV is a wholly owned subsidiary of Michael Cutler of California which grows onions and pumpkins.

Pumpkin meat is very high in carotenoids. They’re what gives pumpkins their orange color – but that is the least of their benefits. Carotenoids are really good at neutralizing free radicals, molecules that can attack cell membranes and leave the cells vulnerable to damage. Pumpkins are also high in lutein and zeaxanthin, which scavenge free radicals in the lens of the eye. Therefore, they may help prevent the formation of cataracts and reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a serious eye problem that usually results in blindness.

Besides carotenoids, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which are all antioxidants, pumpkins have a lot of common nutrients, like iron, zinc, and fiber. Iron is needed by red blood cells. Zinc deficiency may be related to osteoporosis of the hip and spine in older men.