Friday, October 22, 2010

The Many Faces of a Pumpkin

Pumpkin is one of the most versatile vegetable. It can be used for delicious sweet and savory foods, is really low in calorie (20 cal per 100 g) and loaded with beta-carotene and potassium.You can also eat the seeds.
Dry pumpkin seeds make a very tasty and healthy snack. They are used in the treatment of many illnesses such as kidney, prostate and gallbladder problems. They also help remove tapeworm and roundworm from intestines when infested. Pumpkin seeds are high in protein, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, copper and essential fatty acids. 
Pumpkin seed oil is made from Styrian pumpkin. These pumpkins have a yellow/green skin and yellow/orange flesh inside. Their seeds are dark green and have no shell. The oil made from these seeds is reputed for its healthy benefits. Fresh oil contains more than 60% unsaturated fatty acids.(29 % of mono unsaturated and 51 % of poly unsaturated fatty acids). Its benefits include regulating cholesterol levels and aiding in the prevention and treatment of bladder and prostate problems.

Choosing pumpkin is not difficult, the best ones are firm and smooth.
Pumpkin keeps well when uncut and placed in a cool and dry area, it can be kept for up to three months.

We love when tradition meets creativity. Click below for a couple of amazing (and healthy) pumpkin recipes:
Pumpkin and Yellow Pepper Soup with Smoked Paprika
Pumpkin Mousse Pie
Pumpkin/Butternut Squash Cookies

They are available only in the Fall in early Winter, a great reason to make the most of it during the season! What's more, you can carve it for fun and decoration!

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