Why Pumpkin?!

This holiday season we are posting lots of yummy dishes featuring pumpkin. Why pumpkin?

  • Pumpkins are a type of winter squash, along with acorn, butternut, and spaghetti squash. All of these squashes have hard shells, allowing them to be stored for up to six months
  • The rich orange color of pumpkins means that it is an excellent source of carotenes. Carotenes are plant pigments that work as antioxidants, help support the immune system, contribute to healthy skin, tissue healing, and eyesight
  • Pumpkins are also sources of vitamin C to help keep you healthy this winter
  • Pumpkins contain a lot of fiber, and fiber is very important for our digestive systems. Fiber helps remove toxins from the body, keeps our good bacteria healthy, and maintains proper elimination
  • You can boil, steam, roast, or bake pumpkins, and you can add them to soups, baked goods and pies

Choose pumpkins that are firm and heavy for their size.  Once cooked, use it in many different recipes! Tell us how you use pumpkin or other winter squashes. And stay tuned for more information on pumpkins.

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Carrie Dancey, RHN

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