Produced in Malaysia, our pumpkins are round with smooth, slightly ribbed skin, usually deep yellow to orange coloured fruit. Pumpkins on its own usually have a sweet taste, but this taste can be further enhanced depending on how you cook it. For example, roasting pumpkins can help to intensify its natural sweetness. Besides that, they are high in vitamins and minerals while being low in calories.
If the pumpkin has been cut, wrap it tightly in cling wrap and place it in the drawer of the refrigerator.
If the pumpkin is still whole, store it in a cool place, upside down (stalk at the bottom). Do not place it directly on the floor but use a cardboard as a mat for it. If you store it this way, it could last for about 3 months.
Can be eaten raw, roasted, steamed, stir-fried, used to bake pumpkin pie, made into puree, etc.
1. Is Pumpkin a fruit or vegetable?
Pumpkin is technically a berry, which means it’s a fleshy fruit that has many seeds usually. It is commonly consumed as a vegetable because of less sweet and more savoury from a culinary perspective.
2. Is it safe to eat raw pumpkin?
Pumpkin is usually served cooked but it can be enjoyed raw too, just scoop out the insides and enjoy. Raw pumpkin is slightly richer in Vitamins and nutrients, contains more fiber and less sweet than cooked pumpkin. However, raw pumpkin may contain harmful bacteria that cause foodborne illness.
3. Is it safe to eat raw pumpkin seeds?
Pumpkin seeds can be consumed raw or roasted. Raw pumpkin seeds may have less antioxidants, more antinutrients and less sweet than roasted pumpkin seeds. However, eating raw foods may increase food poisoning risk, especially raw pumpkin seeds which may contain harmful bacteria that causes foodborne illness although this rarely happens.
What are the benefits of eating Pumpkin?
Pumpkins contain beta-carotene. After consumption, our body turn beta-carotene into vitamin A. This vitamin A is essential for our health as it can help to fight off infections and boost our immune system. Not only vitamin A, but pumpkins are also very rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is linked to an increase in the production of white blood cells, and it also aids our immune cells to work more effectively and can also make our wounds heal more quickly. Aside from that, pumpkins are exceptionally rich in potassium which reduces risk of heart disease. This is because potassium helps to reduce blood pressure and lower risks of getting strokes.