Is that time of the year again when we buy pumpkins to carve and try making them look as scary as possible but, we only end up throwing them away later.
Halloween origins come back from approximately 2,000 years ago the Celts, in the region that now is known as Ireland and U.K. to frighten away Jack’s wondering soul. So this is not an american tradition, it is beveled that Irish and Scottish immigrants have brought this tradition in US in the 19th century.
Why do we throw pumpkins away?
More than 20m pumpkins are destined for food waste but why? Well the answer is not that complicated, most of the people that buy pumpkins throw them away because they serve the main purpose, others think is not edible.
Are pumpkins edible?
Hell yes, but they don’t taste as good as those that are grown for eating. Pumpkins usually contain more than 10 vitamins and mineral so is a really healthy source of vegetable.
Carbs: 12 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Protein: 2 grams
Vitamin K: 49% of the RDI
Vitamin C: 19% of the RDI
Potassium: 16% of the RDI
Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, E
Minerals: Copper, iron, manganese, phosphorus.
Pumpkins are one of the best sources of beta-carotene which is a powerful antioxidant.
Consuming food with beta-carotene may help reducing the risk of developing certain types of cancer, protect against asthma and heart disease and decrease the risk of blindness.
Some research demonstrate the next health benefits:
- Regulate blood pressure
- Reduce the risk of cancer
- Prevent and control diabetes
- Protect against age related eye problems
- Reduce Your Risk of Chronic Diseases
- Boost Immunity
- May promote weight lose
- Healthy skin
- Heart health
The National Eye Institute conducted a study in 2019 about age related eye diseases called AREDS, and the results shown that high doses of vitamin C, E and beta-carotene which is transformed into retinol (A1), can significantly reduce risk of age-related macular degeneration and pumpkins are very rich in those vitamins.
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Slow Cooker Turkey Pumpkin Chili
Focaccia With Roasted Squash
A simple search can give you hundreds of recipes that can transform an ugly and scary Halloween pumpkin into a delicious meal. My favorite is pumpkin pie which i baked few weeks ago (my way) and it was yummy. There are plenty of ideas there from a pumpkin soup to a delicious desert. I’m not a very good chef so i look up online for few recipes and i found 2 websites with more than 40 recipes each, link 1, link 2.
Before I end this post i want to remind you taste it before you waste it.