October is for pumpkins

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By United Supermarkets Dietitian Team

Pumpkins, with their vibrant orange color and distinct shapes, have become synonymous with the autumn season, symbolizing all that is warm, festive, and comforting. Not just reserved for spooky Jack-o’-Lanterns, pumpkins offer a wide array of delicious culinary possibilities. From hearty soups and comforting desserts to flavorful roasted dishes, this iconic fruit captures the essence of fall, making it an inseparable part of the enchanting month of October. Whether found in pumpkin patches or transformed into seasonal recipes, the pumpkin’s presence delights our senses and fills our hearts with joy.

The pumpkin, belonging to the gourd family, is widely cultivated around the world and is synonymous with the festive season of Halloween and Thanksgiving. Its history traces back thousands of years, with evidence of its cultivation dating back to ancient civilizations in North America. Initially, pumpkins were cultivated primarily for their seeds and flesh, which were a valuable food source for Native Americans. Over the centuries, the pumpkin’s popularity spread worldwide, and it became an integral part of various cuisines across cultures.

One of the pumpkin’s most prominent culinary uses lies in its versatility. Its sweet and nutty flavor profile makes it an ideal ingredient for both sweet and savory dishes. When roasted or pureed, the pumpkin lends its velvety texture and earthy taste to soups, stews, and curries. Pumpkin pie, a classic Thanksgiving dessert, features a delectable blend of spiced pumpkin puree and a buttery, flaky crust, creating a treat cherished by many.

Beyond its delightful taste, pumpkins offer impressive nutritional benefits. They are rich in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, which gives them their vibrant orange color. Beta-carotene is converted into Vitamin A in the body and supports eye health, immune function, and skin health. Additionally, pumpkin seeds are a nutritious snack, containing essential minerals like zinc, magnesium, and iron.

As we embrace the autumn season, the pumpkin reigns as an esteemed fall fruit, appreciated not only for its decorative allure but also for its culinary prowess and health benefits. Whether in savory dishes or sweet delights, the pumpkin’s versatility and nourishing qualities make it an indispensable addition to our fall feasts.

Pumpkin Hummus

What You Need

  • 1 can Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 c. Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • Pepper as Desired
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. Avocado Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Tahini
  • 1 Lemon, Juiced and zested
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic

How It’s Made

Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until desired consistency.