November 2018
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Seven Easy Tips for Cooking With Pumpkin

 

Right now, the pumpkins and winter squash are ripe and ready. Pumpkin and winter squash are a rich source of vitamin A as well as fiber. Other nutrients you get from pumpkin include potassium, folic acid, copper, iron and riboflavin. One cup of cooked solidly packed pumpkin/squash has only about 80 calories!

While it is much easier to use canned pumpkin, you can use fresh pumpkin and squash that you have cooked and pureed for your favorite recipes. There are several varieties of winter squash available, including butternut, Hubbard, turban, buttercup, acorn, banana, mammoth, sweet dumpling and pumpkin.

Follow these tips for easy and safe pumpkin cooking:

 

Shirley Camp is  a retired University of Illinois Extension educator.