For the Love of Pumpkin - Cardinia Community Kitchen

 
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It was all things pumpkin for the first Cardinia Community Kitchen. Read on for facts about pumpkins, and links to the featured recipes at the demo, plus 4 videos for this very versatile vegetable (which incidentally is technically a fruit!).

Facts About Pumpkins

  1. Pumpkins are believed to have originated in Central America and have been cultivated for more than 5000 years.

  2. Pumpkin seeds were carried by explorers and nomadic tribes and eventually spread to Asia and Europe.

  3. Pumpkin is harvested by hand, and the length at which the stem is cut will depend on the variety and can range from 3-30cm to ensure that it will keep.

  4. Pumpkin can be roasted, boiled, steamed, baked, fried or pureed, and used in sweet and savoury dishes.

  5. Pumpkin is an excellent source of beta-carotene, which gets converted to vitamin A in the body, and vitamin C.

  6. Pumpkin contains dietary fibre and minerals such as potassium (which helps to regulate blood pressure) and manganese (involved in the regulation of brain and nerve function).

  7. Pumpkin varieties include  butternut pumpkins Jap (or Kent) pumpkin and the common Queensland Blue. Smaller varieties include the Sweet Dumpling, Golden Nugget and Orange Minikin, while large varieties include the round-shaped Jarrahdale, Aussie and Japanese pumpkins.

  8. Choose pumpkins with thick, unbroken skin and avoid splits or soft patches. Pumpkins should feel heavy for their size. For cut pumpkin select a moist-looking interior and brightly coloured flesh.

  9. Store whole pumpkins in a cool, dark, well-ventilated area. Cut pumpkin is best stored in a vegetable storage bag or wrapped in plastic in the crisper section of your fridge. Always use cut pumpkin within a few days as it can become mouldy.

Recipes

Pop over to our Facebook Page for our 11 recipe cards from For the Love of Pumpkin demo.

  • 4 Dry Spice Mix

  • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  • Spicy Pumpkin Hummus

  • Pumpkin Soup

  • Roast Pumpkin + Feta Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing

  • Moroccan Chicken & Pumpkin Couscous

  • Easy Chicken Stock

  • Easy Poached Chicken

  • Easy Vegetable Stock

  • Vegetable Lasagne (Pumpkin)

  • Pumpkin Scones

Video

Spicy Pumpkin Hummus

Roast Pumpkin + Feta Salad

Moroccan Chicken & Pumpkin Cous Cous

Easy Poached Chicken

Further Information

Agrifutures Australia

Better Health Channel

Funding Sources

Cardinia Food Movement acknowledges Ripe for Change for funding the Cardinia Community Kitchen Initiative.