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Most often associated with lanterns at Hallowe'en, pumpkins have a sweet, honey flavour and they are especially popular in North America. When choosing a pumpkin, it should have a smooth skin and be firm to the touch. Smaller pumpkins contain more flesh and are best for eating. Pumpkin is an excellent source of antioxidant beta-carotene, has useful amounts of vitamins B1, C and E. It is also a good source of the phytochemical lutein.


How To Use Pumpkin

Use in pies, soups and breads

How To Prepare Pumpkin

Peel and cut into large pieces and remove the seeds.

How To Cook Pumpkin

Cook in boiling water for 15 - 20 minutes or until tender

How To Store Pumpkin

Keep in a cool, dry place for up to 1 month.

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