Whenever I see a pumpkin, I am remembered of the fairy tale where the fairy godmother waves her wand and turns a pumpkin into Cinderella’s coach.
This glorious yellow-orange vegetable comes in many varieties, with many names as well; winter squash, bohemian squash, turk’s cap gourd. There is also a story of how the name pumpkin originated – the Greek’s called it pepon meaning large melon. Later the French made it pompon, the English made it pumpion, the Americans called it pumpkin and the name has stayed this way.
Pumpkin is a creeper plant bearing large fruit or vegetable that has a thick, hard, outer rind which gives it longer shelf life.
The roasted onion, garlic and pumpkin when pureed gives a rich, creamy texture and is flavorful, so there is no need to add any cream to the soup.
I bought the small variety of pumpkin called ‘disco pumpkin’ by Indians.
About its nutritional facts, it is rich in antioxidants and Vitamin A and B, the seeds of the pumpkin is rich in dietary minerals like zinc and iron. Add toasted pumpkin seeds to any food to enhance the taste.