Technically a winter squash, the ubiquitous pumpkin deserves a spot of its own on the list.
What would fall be without pumpkins: the carving of jack-o'-lanterns, the centerpiece of the table? And did you know that in addition to serving as a decoration, pumpkins are a great food to add to your fall diet?
Considered a low calorie food, pumpkins are full of dietary fiber, like sweet potatoes and parsnips. They also have a high content of vitamin A, with a normal serving providing about 246 percent of the recommended daily amount [source: Nutrition and You].
Pumpkins are rich in B vitamins like folate, niacin and thiamin, and are a good source of trace minerals like calcium, copper, phosphorus and potassium [source: Nutrition and You].
Makes you think twice about turning down that second piece of pumpkin pie.