Fall - Pumpkin

 

How to select for best flavor:

Look for smooth, deep-orange pumpkins with no soft spots. There’s not much more to choosing pumpkins, especially if you are buying them for jack o’lanterns.

 

Peak of the season:

Everyone knows that October is the best time to buy a pumpkin. The price drops right after Halloween, though.

 

Nutritional value:

Pumpkin, as you may be able to tell from its color, is a good source of beta carotene that your body converts to vitamin A. It is also a good source of potassium. It also contains protein, calcium and vitamin B complex. If you eat this with corn and beans, you have the perfect food of the Maya. One cup of cooked pumpkin has about 50 calories, nearly no fast and only 2 mgs. of sodium.

 

General information:

Pumpkin is botanically indistinguishable from other hard-shelled squash, such as banana and hubbard. In fact, canned pumpkin usually includes as much hubbard or banana squash as it does pumpkin.

 

Most people buy pumpkins fresh for jack o’lanterns, but they are good to eat in many ways. Look for interesting recipes in Indian, French or Southern U.S. cookbooks. At the very least, roast the seeds and eat them. They are delicious and good for the digestion.