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Pumpkin: a typical autumn vegetable

  1. In the Cinderella fairy tale, the pumpkin is transformed into a carriage. But this quintessential fall vegetable is so much more than a potential mode of transport. Pumpkin is very tasty and above all very healthy. For your eyes, for example, but also for the prostate.

  1. At first glance you might not say it, but the pumpkin is related to the cucumber, pickle and zucchini. These vegetables are officially called the Curcubitacea family: the cucurbits. The fruits grow on plants close to the ground.


  1. Everyone knows the big orange giant pumpkin, but there are many different types. In the Netherlands you will also find many smaller varieties in the vegetable department, such as the pattison (white and oval), winter squash (pale orange with waxy skin), acorn squash (heart-shaped, dark green with orange spots) and spaghetti squash (elongated, pale yellow, long-grain flesh) .

Fiber and vitamins

  1. Pumpkins have not been known for very long in the Netherlands as vegetables, most people use pumpkins mainly as decoration. The fact that the pumpkin is delicious and also very healthy is slowly starting to penetrate. The fruit has a low energy value (few calories), but contains a lot of fiber. Very good for digestion. Pumpkin is also rich in calcium, iron, vitamins C and E. The orange pumpkin in particular is full of beta-carotene which is converted in the body into vitamin A. This vitamin is good for the skin, but also helps to see well. A shortage of this vitamin can lead to dry eyes and disturbed night vision.

Pumpkin seeds

  1. The pumpkin seeds are also very healthy. These days we often come across the seeds in bread, but they are also available separately or in pumpkin seed oil. In addition, pumpkin seeds are often used in nutritional supplements for healthy bladder or prostate function. This is not without reason: pumpkin seeds strengthen the bladder and prostate.

Buy and keep

  1. Pumpkins are plenty for sale in the fall and winter. When buying a pumpkin, make sure that the fruit is firm and has no soft spots. Then you keep the whole pumpkin in a cool dry place, no colder than 8 degrees. The pumpkin can be kept for up to two months at that temperature. A piece of sliced ​​pumpkin, wrapped in aluminum foil or cling film, can be kept in the refrigerator for three to five days. You can also freeze pumpkin.

Cleaning and preparation

  1. When preparing pumpkin it is important to wash the pumpkin well. Then halve the pumpkin and cut the pumpkin into slices. Remove the threads and pips with a spoon or knife. Cut the pulp into a cube. Peeling is not necessary. The peel can be eaten and becomes soft when heated. When cooking or stir-frying pumpkin, count on a preparation time of five to ten minutes. Want to get started with pumpkin? Then try this delicious pumpkin soup. You can find more recipes here. A A

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