Halloween… it’s roots have been linked back thousands of years to the Celts who celebrated New Years on Nov. 1. The night before New Years signified the end of the summer and the beginning of the harsh winter when many people and animals died. They believed that on the night of Oct. 31 the veil between the living and the dead was open and that good and bad spirits would mingle with the living. Today we carve pumpkins, dress up in costumes, tell ghost stories, and go trick or treating.
Pumpkins are not only good for carving into Jack-o-Lanterns (which also have an interesting history…). The seeds are delicious when roasted and the orange pumpkin flesh is tasty when baked into soups, pies, or baked goods. Plus both the seeds and the flesh are filled with healthy nutrients!
Pumpkin Seeds: Rich in minerals (magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron, and more), a good source of protein, help lower cholesterol, and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Pumpkin Flesh: Low in calories, rich in anti-oxidant vitamins (vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E), and minerals (copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus), and a good source of dietary fiber. It’s also great for our skin!
I recently made some pumpkin muffins with my friends in Seattle. The recipe uses honey to sweeten them just enough. I’ll post that recipe soon too. 🙂