Pumpkin season is upon us! The versatility of this veg makes it a favourite on the dinner table among everyone! But what do we really know about them? We have put together a list of fun facts, as well everything else you need to know about pumpkins!
Five Fun Facts
- Pumpkins are grown on 6 of the 7 continents.
- Pumpkin flowers are edible.
- Pumpkins are a part of the squash family.
- Pumpkins are 90% water.
- When selecting a pumpkin, knock on the shell – ripe pumpkins will make a “hollow” sound.
Health Benefits of Pumpkins
- They get their orange glow from carotenoids, compounds including beta carotene and lutein that is jampacked with nutrition!
- Beta carotene has been linked to lowering rates of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Lutein promotes eye health.
Half a cup of cooked pumpkin has:
- 24 calories
- 1 gram of protein
- 0 grams of fat
- 6 grams of carbs
- 1 gram of fibre
The Different Types of Pumpkins:
- Butternut: A Long, cylindrical variety with light orange flesh. It has a nutty and sweet flavour.
- Kent: These are small and round variety with green and yellow skin. They’re very sweet, making them a perfect ingredient for spring-inspired salads and quiches.
- Queensland Blue: These are some of the largest-growing pumpkins out there, weighing in around 2-5kg.
- Jarrahdale: These are round and ribbed, with grey skin. They’re easy to cut and has moist flesh, making it perfect for boiling and garnishing with other dishes.
How to Grow Pumpkins
Pumpkins do their best growing when their seeds are planted directly into the ground. Plant the seeds about 2 to 4 weeks before the last Spring frost. Wait until the plant soil is 21°C or more before sowing the seeds.
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