Considering how ubiquitous pumpkin spice has become, North Americans eat relatively little actual pumpkin. Americans eat about 50 million pumpkin pies during the holiday season, starting with Thanksgiving, and 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins are grown in the U.S. every year, but after the holiday season many of us don’t really think about the culinary uses of that big orange squash.
This is a shame because on top of being delicious, pumpkin has great nutritional value. A cup of mashed pumpkin has 49 calories, no fat, 2 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fibre. It also has 16 per cent of your potassium RDA, 19 per cent of your vitamin C, and a whooping 245 per cent of your daily RDA for vitamin A.
It’s easy to add pumpkin to a variety of recipes like curries, muffins, and smoothies. But you can also make this squash the star of a dish in its own right. Here are 25 pumpkin recipes covering every meal from breakfast to dinner, with some desserts included for good measure.