Pumpkin

Pumpkin is a winter squash native to North America and is one of the oldest domestic plants. This type of squash is popular in the fall and winter especially around Halloween and Thanksgiving. Pumpkin is packed full of vitamins and minerals and has many health benefits. It is rich in beta-carotene which the body uses to produce Vitamin A, as well as Vitamin C. Both vitamins are important for fighting infections and supporting the immune system. Pumpkins are also rich in carotenoids which are important antioxidants. In the kitchen, pumpkins are a really versatile ingredient great in both sweet and savory applications. They are great roasted, in soups, in pasta dishes, or casseroles. In sweet applications pumpkin is great in oatmeal, smoothies, and desserts. What is your favorite way to use pumpkin?

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