Pumpkins offer more than a way to express your carving talent. Their orange color lets you know they are full of vitamin A and other important nutrients.
Pumpkins are the round, typically orange members of the winter squash family. Pumpkins originated in Central America and have been a part of American cuisine for centuries. If harvested and handled properly, pumpkins, like other winter squash can last long into the winter.
All varieties, including the seeds.
Pumpkins are rich in the antioxidant beta carotene and pumpkin seeds offer protein and key minerals.
Peel, deseed and cook the pumpkin in a variety of ways: boiling, roasting, pan sauteing, or steaming. You can also roast the pumpkins whole until tender and scoop out the cooked pulp. Don't forget about the seeds. Rinse and boil in salted water for about 10 minutes, drain, dry and roast for about 10 – 15 minutes in a 350°F oven.
Try one of the pumpkin recipes being featured in your cafe or recreate them at home with these recipes:
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Honey Roasted Pumpkin