The arrival of autumn means the end of the holidays and the return of the slightly colder season. But for Mexicans, the period of festivities and hot moments begins. So despite the return to work or school and the drop in temperatures, let us always maintain the soul’s well-being. The Independence Festival, the Day of the Dead, and our famous posadas are very joyful occasions that reward us for the lack of sun and summer heat. In addition, we cannot forget that with autumn comes the pumpkin season, a delicious fruit with which we can cook wonders! Delicious, aromatic, decorative, and healthy, we will present you all the characteristics of this queen of autumn and ideas on using it in your kitchen.
Pumpkin, a cultural symbol
Many stories are known that involve the pumpkin as a symbol. Almost all civilizations, whether ancient or more modern, attribute various healing properties to this fruit, including religious ones, as in the case of both Americas. In our continent, it was believed that the pumpkin came from the bodies of dead gods. Thus the divine properties were attributed to him. But the natives also used it to make everyday items such as bowls and plates. The pumpkin look was a fulcrum for artistic expression. So this versatile fruit was used to make sculptures, and its original shape was a source of inspiration in jewelry making. Today, the beliefs of our ancestors turned into ancient stories, so for modern society, the pumpkin is a symbol of Halloween. We decorate the houses and prepare food and desserts that make the fall season very warm and unique.
Pumpkin used for Halloween
A fruit for health and well-being
We already know that pumpkin is tasty and healthy! But what does that mean exactly?
You need to know that pumpkin is an excellent source of many minerals such as magnesium, calcium, selenium, zinc, and potassium. It also contains antioxidant vitamins: A, B, C, and E, as well as folic acid, niacin, and carotene. That is already the first factor that has to convince you to include it in your daily diet. Do you want to know more? Well, here are quick reasons why you need to fill your kitchen with orange:
Autumn without diseases!
Living in one of the most significant pandemics in history, we already know how important it is to strengthen the immune system. For that, the pumpkin comes with help! As we have mentioned before, this fruit is rich in zinc and vitamin C, essential for a strong and healthy immune system. One cup of cooked pumpkin contains over 11 milligrams of vitamin C! It is a vitamin injection, which our system needs!
It is also worth adding that the beta-carotene in pumpkin reduces inflammatory processes and helps reduce symptoms of flu and colds. Remember to choose the pumpkins with the most intense color. These contain a higher level of beta-carotene and vitamin B.
Pumpkin, a healthy ingredient
Anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer
Let’s stick with beta carotene. This pigment found in the pulp of the pumpkin is what gives the fruit its intense yellow color. Beta-carotene has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful antioxidant that can help reduce the risk of breast, lung, or prostate cancer. So by regularly eating pumpkins, you protect yourself from temporary viruses and more severe health problems.
Something for your beauty
And now the cherry on the cake! All women want to take care of their skin and protect it against the passage of time. Here comes our orange queen and friend, the pumpkin! Are you surprised? The fact is that, as we mentioned, pumpkin contains a lot of vitamin A, vitamin C, and E, and all of these vitamins are effective against wrinkles. Pumpkin is a vegetable that is especially rich in vitamin A, which regulates sebum production in the skin and keeps the skin looking youthful. One cup of cooked pumpkin provides up to 245% of your daily requirement for vitamin A. And its support for your skin doesn’t end there! Our queen of autumn is composed of 90% water, so consuming it helps you hydrate your body even more. Remember that the hydration of our body is the most critical factor for its proper functioning. A hydrated body is equal to healthy skin, which also helps you prevent the formation of wrinkles.
With autumn already knocking at your door and the change of wardrobe more than overcome, you should consider making a refrigerator change. How? Yes, introducing seasonal fall produce to your weekly menu has many benefits. And from here, we want to make it easy for you to fill your food cart with tempo Autumn-winter rada and seasonal fruits with which your pantry will scream autumn.
With all these products, you can prepare autumn menus worthy of a restaurant and sweet or savory recipes that are as comforting as nutritious. What if pumpkins, what if grenade … Have you already prepared the shopping cart? At Kaiku Lactose-Free, we fill it up for you.
Autumn seasonal products: the essentials that should not be missing from your menu
An autumn fruit: the pomegranate
García Lorca adored her, and from today you too. This fruit fallen from a tree is perfect for making salads, taking away in a Tupper for a snack in the office, and showing off autumn fruits. Its juicy seeds are like candy, but the kind that does not cause regrets. Autumn is the season of this fruit, and its benefits are so many that they are already taking home a few. It is shallow in calories, and it is loaded with water and potassium. Perfect for the little ones and grown-ups, and one of the best autumn fruits you can savor.
Now that the cold has arrived, you will have noticed a particular smell in the streets of your city or your town. We are talking about the smell of chestnuts, the seasonal fruit valid for any dish, both sweet and salty. Roasted, cooked, chopped, chestnut cream, salted, sweet chestnut … Endless recipes for meals with chestnuts can be prepared to brighten up the house a bit in this cold autumn. If you choose to roast them at home, you will thank us for the aroma they leave behind. Save on air freshener and earn on coziness.
Mushrooms, the autumn food
The mushrooms and fungi that emerge on the ground or plant remain in forests or the field, are a vibrant food demanded by the most exquisite palates. So you’re in luck because autumn is the ideal season to taste mushrooms in all their varieties. For several years, their infinity of shapes, colors, and aromas have made them an autumn ingredient that enriches any menu. In addition, they are not only delicious and taste like the forest, but mushrooms have many nutritional properties. Please include them in your homemade meals: there are many recipes with mushrooms, and very easy!