As the supermarkets roll out their crates filled with bright orange pumpkins, you know that Halloween is just around the corner.
Every year you pick a couple up, carve them with the kids and then chuck them away on November 1st, but did you know there’s actually a lot more you could be doing with this classic autumnal fruit?
From toasting the seeds, to actually growing your own, there’s so many things you can do with your pumpkin. As well as being a lovely aesthetic addition to your home and garden, they are also incredibly nutritious.
Just like carrots and sweet potatoes, they’re rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene, which is helpful for maintaining good eyesight and can even play a role in cancer prevention.
One cup of cooked pumpkin will also provide nearly 200 per cent of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A, as well as containing more potassium than a banana!
Studies have shown that eating the seeds can also be good for your heart, as they reduce cholesterol.