Ingredient of the Month: Pumpkin

Ingredient of the Month: Pumpkin

Get an in-depth look at October’s favorite fruit along with recipe ideas and tips.


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Why You’ll Love Pumpkin
With its bright-orange skin and hearty flesh, pumpkin is the perfect way to add fall flavor and color to foods. In addition to carving or designing, you can use this versatile, beta-carotene rich squash to put a seasonal spin on savory side dishes or give soups and desserts a velvety texture.

How to Tell if Pumpkin’s Fresh
For savory recipes, choose bright-colored sugar pumpkins that are firm and heavy for their size. When it comes to soup and dessert recipes, opt for puree. Look for pure pumpkin, as opposed to spiced pumpkin pie purees.

How to Pair Pumpkin
Roast pumpkin with other , like carrots and beets. Or partner it with black beans and seasonal spices to create a hearty harvest soup. Add festive flavor to breads, cakes and pies with pumpkin puree. And sprinkle pumpkin seeds, also called pepitas, on soups and salads.

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds
Remove seeds from pumpkin, rinse and let dry. Toss with 2 tablespoons cooking oil and 1 tablespoon of your favorite spices (we love a blend of cinnamon and cumin), then spread on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes until crisp and lightly browned, tossing occasionally.

Tip: Use pumpkin seeds as festive décor with our 4 easy ideas.

How to Prep & Recipe Idea
To prepare a whole pumpkin, cut off the stem, scoop it out, peel it, then cut it into cubes. Give traditional cornbread a seasonal kick by making Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Cornbread Muffins.

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