PUMPKINS - not just for Halloween

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PUMPKINS - not just for Halloween

Pumpkin is likely THE MOST popular fruit this time of year. I'm not talking about "pumpkin spice" either, because as I'm sure you already know, "pumpkin spice flavored everything" usually doesn't contain any actual pumpkin. That Grande Pumpkin Spice latte everyone is raving about, has FIFTY grams of sugar and over 300 calories.... and while that pumpkin spice beer I drank last week was quite tasty, it probably wasn't very good for me either!

So indeed, I am talking about actual, real pumpkins, sans the spice hype. I see them popping up on many doorsteps around the neighborhood, and while they are popularly used as decorations all over the country, let's not forget about their many culinary uses and health benefits! Pumpkin soup, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin stir fry... baked pumpkin, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheese cake... pumpkin parfait, pumpkin smoothie... I could go on all day. Just look around and you will see the abundance of pumpkin based recipes around you. In the spirit of the season, we will also be posting some simple, yet hearty, pumpkin and winter squash based recipes over the coming weeks, right here on our blog! So keep your eyes peeled! In the mean time, check out this pumpkin info-graphic and feel free to share it with all your friends if you so desire!

Some of the many benefits of the pumpkin plant.