Well it is the month of Halloween after all!
Easily the most famous of the winter squashes they are a good source of fibre as well as vitamins and minerals.
When buying a pumpkin choose one that is heavy for its size and has firm, smooth skin. The smaller the pumpkin the more flesh it tends to have. If kept in a cool, dark, well ventilated space it can keep for several weeks. After it’s been cut store it in an air tight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Health benefits of pumpkin include:
The fibre, potassium, and vitamin C content in pumpkin all support heart health and have a positive effect on blood pressure.
The antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene (all of which are found in pumpkin) have been shown to support eye health and prevent degenerative damage.
Pumpkin is one of the best-known sources of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant which is converted to vitamin A in the body once it is eaten. Consuming foods rich in beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer, offer protection against asthma and heart disease, and delay ageing and body degeneration.
As pumpkins are high in both vitamin C and beta-carotene they offer an immunity boost from their powerful combination of nutrients.