Autumn will be full of spice!
In the United States, there’s no escaping the pumpkin during the autumn months – and even here in Germany, the pumpkin is gaining ground. Depending on the variety, they are harvested from late August well into autumn. When stored properly, some varieties can even be preserved until spring and eaten then. Botanically speaking, the pumpkin is a berry; as some species can reach 100 kg in weight, winter squash are the biggest berries in the world.
The pumpkin has a lot to offer, and not just as Halloween decoration: it’s also a heavy hitter from a nutritional point of view. The flesh of the fruit is low in calories, but rich in dietary fibre. It also provides us with beta-carotene, vitamin A, magnesium, potassium and calcium. Beta-carotene, found in winter squashes, has antioxidant properties which protect the cells of our bodies from oxidative stress and thus from the damaging effects of free radicals.
Pumpkin seeds, and the oil that can be pressed from them, are truly miracle cures for the human body! The oil is pressed from the seeds of the Styrian oil pumpkin and is rich in nutritious fatty acids such as linoleic acid. Our bodies need this double unsaturated omega-6 fatty acid in order to survive. Pumpkin-seed oil also contains large amounts of vitamins E, A, B1, B2, B6, C and D, as well as the minerals potassium, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, calcium, selenium and zinc.
There’s so much more to do with a pumpkin besides Halloween decorations or pumpkin soup. Pumpkin is versatile and a genuine all-rounder in the kitchen! Oven-roasted squash, stuffed pumpkins, or as ingredients in a warm salad – the pumpkin simply offers a massive range of possibilities. And in the form of a tea, too, the pumpkin hits the spot. Used as a healthy alternative to stock, our Pirate Pumpkin Tea lends a special touch to your culinary creations. And now there’s also something for those with a sweet tooth! Our Pumpkin Chai Tea is just the thing to make a golden autumn day shine even brighter.