Pumpkins - an American Original
Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate pumpkins, and the gourds were eaten at the first Thanksgiving.
Pumpkin may be best known for its participation in Halloween as a Jack-o-Lantern or for its use as a pie ingredient, but this gourd is not only good for everything from soups to desserts, it is also a nutritious vegetable that is at its best between October and November.
Pumpkin jumps to the head of the class when it comes to Vitamin A. Just one cup has 171% of the RDA of Vitamin A. It also has about 17% of the Vitamin C that should be consumed and only 30 calories.
Fresh pumpkins can last for about three months in the refrigerator.
Pumpkin seeds can be eaten. While they are high in iron and protein, they are high in calories. One ounce of roasted pumpkin seeds contains 148 calories. Pumpkin seeds also contain antioxidants.
If you want to add a little variety to your pumpkin seeds, you might try them with lime or chili peppers.
Remember to purchase your pumpkins from local farmers whenever possible. You will be helping the local community, and you'll be getting the freshest available local food.
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