Pumpkin has become the latest trendy ingredient, showing up in beer, bagels and, of course, coffee. The Pumpkin Spice Latte may have launched the great pumpkin craze, but according to MenuTrends, by 2011, more than 60-pumpkin-related dishes appeared on the menus of America’s top 250 restaurant chains.
Pumpkins are a seasonal favorite, but they don’t just belong on the dessert table (or on the front porch as a spooky jack-o-lantern!). Even if you’re not on board the pumpkin spice bandwagon, you’ll fall in love with delicious fall flavors with these three pumpkin recipes.
The Health Benefits of Pumpkin
Pumpkin is dense and stringy, and on its own, it’s not the most delicious autumn food. Squash, pumpkin’s close cousin, has always taken center stage when it comes to fall cooking. Most pumpkins are developed for their size, not their flavor (this is why so many recipes call for the addition of sugar and spice). A general rule of thumb when cooking with pumpkin is to never buy one that’s larger than a melon. While pumpkin doesn’t have the taste or star power of squash, it does boast several health benefits. Weight loss, sharper vision, better immunity and younger looking skin have all been linked to pumpkin. The autumn gourd has also been shown to lower cancer risk and helps treat diabetes.
If carving a jack-o-lantern or baking pumpkin into a Thanksgiving pie just isn’t enough this fall, spice up your autumn menu with these three perfect pumpkin recipes.