Pumpkins for many people symbolize the beginning autumn, like leaves falling and Halloween – the perfect vegetable for the month of October. There are several known pumpkins types such as the Hokkaido pumpkin, butternut and spaghetti squash in the most wonderful autumn shades like orange, yellow and dark green.
Despite being a great Halloween decoration, pumpkins are also a delicious and healthy food. As the orange color indicates, the vegetables contain high amounts of ß-carotene, which the human body converts into vitamin a. Furthermore, pumpkins are rich in fiber, which is important for gut health and as well as minerals as potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron.
There are several delicious ways of serving pumpkins: Hokkaido pumpkins can be used in salads (see recipe for my quinoa pumpkin salad here), in soups (my absolute favorite way especially on cold and rainy October days – recipe coming next week!) and spaghetti squash as a low calorie, high fibre pasta replacement.
So grab your pumpkin of choice and start cooking and carving! 🙂