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For this recipe you can use organic pumpkin puree or you can make your own. It all depends on what is available. If making your own puree here are a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to selecting the right pumpkin. For best flavor and nutrition, look for organically grown sugar pie pumpkins, a variety known for its excellent sweet flavor and succulent texture. Look for smooth, heavy pumpkins, between 2-5 lbs, that have no cuts or bruises. Most importantly, look for a deep, rich orange color, a sign of bioflavonoids and thus flavor. Always look for pumpkins with the stems attached, this will indicate a better quality.
How to make raw pumpkin puree:
Have kale chips, will travel!
Pumpkin Seeds – don’t throw them out!!!
I took my pumpkin seeds and washed them in a strainer. Then I placed the seeds and some seasoning (your choice) in a plastic bag. I closed the bag and shook till the seeds were coated. Using my dehydrator I poured the seasoned seeds onto the teflex mat and dehydrated them at 105 degrees for approx. 8 hours. My husband just loved these!
Pumpkin seeds are one of nature’s almost perfect foods. They are a natural source of beneficial nutrients such as carbohydrates, amino acids and unsaturated fatty acids. They contain most of the B vitamins, along with C, D, E and K. They also have the minerals calcium, potassium, and phosphorous. Pumpkin seeds have mainly been used to treat prostate and bladder problems, but they have also been known to help with depression and learning disabilities.
(health info provided by: http://health.learninginfo.org/herbs/pumpkin-seeds.htm)
How long will my pumpkin keep? The storage life can vary between varieties. If you purchase a pumpkin on October 1st, and choose a firm pumpkin with no soft spots or visible damage, it should easily store for 3 months out of direct sun in a cool spot that is protected from frost.
Are blue pumpkins edible? Where do they come from? Yes! Jarrahdale pumpkins come from New Zealand, and Queensland Blues come from Australia. They are both high-quality culinary pumpkins. They can be a bit difficult to carve because of their thick flesh and small cavities.
Can you eat a gourd? Sadly, no. They have a woody fibrous tissue inside. You can dry them though, and if properly cured and cared for they will last a lifetime.
Are pumpkins high in calories? Fat? Pumpkins are low in calories and extremely low in fat.