1) Pumpkins are native to North America
2) Pumpkins are traditionally cooked at Thanksgiving time ie pumpkin pie
3) Pumpkins are carved and decorated for Halloween
4) Pumpkins are a squash like fruit and grow anywhere from 1 lb to hundreds of pounds
5) Pumpkins grow in different sizes/shapes and textures
6) Pumpkins are rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins such as : vitamin A, C, E, leutin, xanthin, and carotenes. Also a good source of B-Complex and rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus
6) Pumpkins are versatile in cooking and most parts are edible, ie the fleshy part of the shell, the seeds, leaves and the flowers.
7) Pumpkins can be baked, boiled, steamed, mashed, roasted and used in a variety of recipes from main courses to desserts
With one pumpkin this year I:
1) Cut up and baked until soft.
2) Scooped the fleshy part and pureed.
3) Froze the puree in 1 cup portion sizes for later use : for muffins, soup, pie, bread.
4) Separated the seed, cleaned and baked/roasted with favourite spices ie turmeric/garlic/salt/pepper/coconut oil for snacks.
|Cut up and ready for baking|
|Puree in food processor after baked|
|One cup size portions of pumpkin puree ready for the freezer|
|Pumpkin seed ready for roasting|
|Roasted pumpkin seed ready for snacking|