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Playing With Pumpkins & Winter Squash

By |2018-11-30T14:03:26-06:00November 28th, 2015|Categories: Autumn, Blogs, Late Summer/Transition, Nutrition Articles, The Seasons|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

April Crowell, Dipl.ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CP, CHN

“Squash would be great for you to eat.”

It’s a common recommendation that I make.  And for good reason. Pumpkins and winter squash are the perfect food for strengthening your Spleen, Stomach and the core of your body.  But we are getting ahead of ourselves.

A Little History

Native to North America, we’ve been playing with pumpkins and winter squash for nearly 7,000 years.  The word pumpkin was actually first used by American colonists.  It’s a bit of a word play from British term ‘pumpion’ which originated from the Greek word “pepon” meaning “large melon,”  a term the Greeks applied to large round objects.

Pumpkins, squash and gourds are members of the enormously diverse Cucurbitaceae family, which contains more than 100 genera and over 700 species.  They have been providing mankind with food and utilitarian objects since before recorded history.  Names differ throughout the world, but in the United States, any round, orange squash used for pies or jack-o-lanterns is likely to be called a pumpkin.  But the term “pumpkin” really has no botanical meaning, as they are actually all squash.  Squash are divided into two categories: tender or summer squash, and hard-skinned or winter squash.  Examples of summer squash include zucchini, pattypan, straightneck, and crookneck squash.  Winter squash include small to medium hard-skinned squash such as the acorn, small hubbard, miniature pumpkin and spaghetti types, as well as the large hard-skinned types, including banana, butternuts, cheese pumpkins, cushaws, and large hubbards, among others.

During the late 1800’s pumpkins and squash were viewed as by the aristocracy as “poor people’s food.”  Something less than favorable for those who could afford to dine regularly on meats and rich foods.  Even today, squashes and […]

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Baked Pumpkin Or Winter Squash

By |2018-05-15T16:57:53-06:00September 4th, 2014|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Baked Pumpkin Or Winter Squash

I use a lot of squash and pumpkin in my diet.  And this is one of my favorite ways to prepare it, as I’m a bit of a lazy cook. You heat up the oven, poke a hole in the pumpkin and do other things while it cooks. Once the pumpkin is cooked you can use it in soups, stews, puree’s, baking or simply serve with a little butter, cinnamon and maple syrup.Baked Pumpkin – – sweet, baking pumpkins, Preheat oven to 350° F.
Wipe down pumpkin skins with damp cloth to remove any excess dirt.
Snap or cut off pumpkin stems–no fire hazards, please.
With sharp knife, cut 4-5 slits into the pumpkins to prevent them from bursting. No one wants to clean up an exploding pumpkin.
Bake pumpkins on cookie sheet for 45-60 minutes or until a knife inserted into their flesh comes out easily.
Remove from oven.

; Once cool you can easily cut the pumpkins oven and remove the seed and strings and the flesh will separate from the skin.; – Healing Energetics:  Pumpkin is very nourishing and warming to the core, or the Stomach and Spleen.  It drains dampness, provides fiber and helps to regulate blood sugar.  Great for those with very compromised digestions or babies who are just starting out on solids.

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