After the Halloween fun is over, don’t ditch your jack- o’-lantern! The pumpkin’s inner flesh is loaded with health benefits.
And its bright orange exterior is the first clue that it contains ample quantities of the antioxidant beta carotene. Research has shown that foods rich in beta carotene may reduce cancer risk and protect against heart disease.
Low in calories, 1 cup (250 mL) of boiled, drained, unsalted pumpkin is only 49 calories. Pumpkins are great sources of:
- vitamins A, C, and E
Pumpkins will last for many weeks if they’re stored in a cool place. Cut pumpkin pieces will keep for a few days covered in the fridge.
Cutting up pumpkins
Slice off the stem end and slice the pumpkin into two equal halves. Remove the seeds and slimy innards and then cut the flesh into pieces. Remove outer skin and cut into cubes for quicker cooking time.
Enjoy versatile pumpkin purée in muffins, breads, cakes, pies, and soups.