Pumpkins belong to the squash family. It is one of the best sources of beta carotene, an antioxidant that offers orange color to this vegetable. Foods high in beta carotene offer a healthy glow to the skin, protect against heart disease, helps maintain a healthy weight, and protects against eye-related diseases. The high fiber content of this veggie provides a satiety feeling (feeling of fullness & helps minimize cravings). This veggie has a very low amount of calories, 100 gms of it contains as low as 26 calories and little or no cholesterol at all.
Nutritional Facts: Pumpkin is a good source of vitamins A, B, C, E including calcium and magnesium
Cooking Tips: You can cut the pumpkin into wedges with the help of ridges on the skin. Scoop out the seeds and stringy fibers using a spoon. A sharp knife can be used to remove the skin from each wedge.
Recipes: This vegetable is consumed as curries, soups, salads, and also sometimes even as a substitute for butter. Because of its natural sweetness, it is used to add flavor to baked foods.
Storage: Store pumpkin in cool, dry, dark spaces. Avoid hot & humid places
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