The pumpkin, as well as being the symbol of Halloween, is also a typical product of this season, and it’s very important for health.
Native to Central America, is used in cooking, cosmetics and medicine.
Vegetable that belongs to the family of Cucurbitaceae is actually rich in active ingredients with remarkable properties.
Pumpkin is rich in minerals such as selenium, copper, zinc and manganese, as well as vitamin A and C.
It’s low in calories and it has a high concentration of water, that makes it perfect for a weight loss diet. That is not all. This vegetable is also a powerful ally of beauty.
The pulp contains carotenoids, mucilage and pectin substances. It also has good amount of vitamines A, B and C.
Due to its antioxidant action, it prevents skin aging and protects the skin from the onset of tumors.
In particular, carotenoids and vitamins are great antioxidant and they can have a protective effect by external agents such as radiation, smoke, pollutants, chemical additives or by emotional stress and physical attacks by viruses and bacteria etc..
The mucilage are plant constituents with remarkable ability to retain water and in decreasing inflammation of the respiratory tract, the digestive tract and bowel.
Pumpkin seeds are rich in phytosterols that can lower cholesterol levels in the blood. They also contain fatty oils, fitolecitina, selenium, copper, zinc and magnesium.
They are also consumed as food once toasted. They can be useful in soothing skin inflammation and gastric irritation, to prevent dysfunction of the urinary tract and relieve prostate disorders.
Here are some ideas to bring on the table a nice taste and a good antioxidant for the whole family:
You should drink a glass of centrifuged pulp in the morning before having breakfast, in association with lattuce, if you like it, to boost the diuretic effect. It’s refreshing and stimulating for digestive activity.
Appetizers or snacks
The seeds are dried, roasted and lightly salted. They can be eaten as snacks or appetizers along with centrifuged vegetables.
Pan of pumpkin
Cut 90 lb pumpkin pulp into cubes large more or less of a walnut. In a large skillet saute 3 cloves of garlic in olive oil, then add the pumpkin along with 2 sprigs of rosemary and 5 sage leaves. Cook the pumpkin over low heat, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes, then add 1.70 oz of broth or white wine. Let evaporate by baking for other 5/10 minutes, until the pumpkin cubes will be soft. Add salt and pepper and serve garnished with a few leaves of sage.
Cut 0.60 lb of pumpkin pulp and 0.25 lb of potatoes diced and put them in a pan where you have fried half a red onion in olive oil. Add 17 oz of vegetable broth and cook for 15 minutes over medium heat, until the pumpkin is tender. Remove it from the heat and add 1.7 oz of rice milk, then blend everything with the blender. Put to cook on low heat and cook until it becomes creamy enough. Season with salt and pepper, serve it in earthenware bowls and garnish with a sprig of rosemary and crunchy croutons.
Home made face mask
You can prepare a natural mask with the pulp and seeds of pumpkin, ideal to moisturize, to smooth and clean your face deeply.
Crush some seeds with a slice of pumpkin pulp, mix the cream obtained with a little honey. Apply the mixture on your face and leave it on for a few minutes. After you have rinsed off, proceed with the application of your serum and face cream.