Many people will begin to celebrate fall soon. One of the ways people do this is with pumpkins. But pumpkins and squash are useful for more than decorations. What are the benefits of a pumpkin?
Go ahead and use the shell for decoration as you will, but please don’t chuck out the insides! Besides the outer shell, pumpkins have and inner mass that contain mostly seeds and flesh. Many people can’t be bothered to separate them. Understood. This take loads of time.
Health Benefits of Pumpkin
But pumpkins carry all the goodness that other veggies colored orange-ish do: they have loads of vitamin A and alpha and beta carotenes. These act as antioxidants. Pumpkins are also a good source for other vitamins like C, K and E along with magnesium, iron and potassium. It suffices for a sufficient source of carbohydrate and fiber, too.
And that’s just the flesh! The seeds are a valuable fun-food. Kids love e them. They are tasty and so easy to make. Once you have sorted them from the flesh just rinse them in cold water and lay them on kitchen roll to dry. Place them single-layer flat on a tray and pop them in the oven. Douse them with olive oil and salt first if you want a rich taste. In less than ten minutes you have a healthy, crunchy snack.
Pumpkin seeds are a healthy source of fiber and effective in treating inflammation as well as a preventative for osteoporosis and prostate cancer. They will keep for a good six months, too.
Selecting and Cooking Pumpkin
Darker, heavier pumpkins are ideal for eating, but not over 5lbs. Once you cut into it, use it right away to avoid molding. You don’t have to cut it raw. It is easier if you bake it for twenty minutes. First score it a few times, then put it all in the oven. If you are going to freeze it, you will need to cut it into chunks.
Even though pumpkin is a squash, it has a very deep flavor and may not be to everyone’s taste when mixed with other squash. If you are going to grind it, you will need to bake it or boil it first and then cut it off the rind. Grind it or puree it for the pumpkin pie.
So don’t just stand there staring overwhelmingly at the massive-beast-of-a-vegetable thinking, “Right. Okay. What am I going to do with this?” Have a harvest wonder and a pumpkin-good-treat-of-a-time.
Here are 10 unique, delicious and fun ideas for using and enjoying your pumpkin this fall:
- Pumpkin ice cream
- Pumpkin curry
- Pumpkin soup
- Pumpkin cereal
- Pumpkin sauté
- Pumpkin cheesecake
- Pumpkin chili
- Pumpkin bread
- Pumpkin custard
- Pumpkin spicy cookies