PUMPKIN (GRÆSKAR) // SEASON: AUTUMN 🍂

PUMPKIN (GRÆSKAR) // SEASON: AUTUMN 🍂

🎃 🍂 Pumpkin season is in full swing in Denmark. Grandma Sita loves pumpkins, it is a versatile ingredient that works both in sweet and savoury dishes. 🤗 Let’s find out more about this veggie, king of halloween feast?

📷 by @theroadbeneathmyfeet  


Native to North America (northeastern Mexico and the southern United States), pumpkins are one of the oldest domesticated plants, having been used as early as 7,000 to 5,500 BC. All pumpkins are winter squash, mature fruit of certain species in the genus Cucurbita. Characteristics commonly used to define “pumpkin” include smooth and slightly ribbed skin, and deep yellow to orange color.

Source: wikipedia


  • NUTRITION

The color of pumpkins derives from orange carotenoid pigments, including beta-cryptoxanthin, alpha and beta carotene, all of which are provitamin A compounds converted to vitamin A in the body. 

Source: Healthline.com


Nutrition information for major nutrients of 100g of pumpkin

 

Calories

26

Carbohydrates

6.5 g

Fiber

0.5 g

Sugars

2.76g

Fat

0.1 g

Protein

1 g

Vitamin A

53%

   

Vitamin C

11%

   

Iron

6%

Calcium

2%
   

  • CULTIVATION

A pumpkin is a cultivar of winter squash that is round with smooth, slightly ribbed skin, and is most often deep yellow to orange in coloration. The thick shell contains the seeds and pulp.


Source: gardeningknowhow.com


  • LOCAL PRODUCERS ♻️

There are many local farms and gardens where you can choose and pick kale by yourself in Denmark! To find your nearby kale garden, please click below:


  • USES

Pumpkins are widely grown for food, as well as for aesthetic and recreational purposes. Pumpkins have several culinary uses. Most parts of the pumpkin are edible, including the fleshy shell, the seeds, the leaves, and the flowers.

Source: gardeningknowhow.com


  • PLANT-BASED RECIPES🌱

👉🏼 Pumpkin soup by Grandma Sita

 Grandma Sita loves to enjoy a bowl of warming pumpkin soup on a chilly autumn day. 🍲🤗

  • FUN FACT

The practice of carving pumpkins for Halloween originated from an Irish myth about a man named “Stingy Jack”. The turnip has traditionally been used in Ireland and Scotland at Halloween, but immigrants to North America used the native pumpkin, which are both readily available and much larger – making them easier to carve than turnips. Not until 1837 does jack-o’-lantern appear as a term for a carved vegetable lantern, and the carved pumpkin lantern association with Halloween is recorded in 1866.

Source: wikipedia



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