The skin on pumpkin might be just as controversial as the “pineapple on a pizza” global debate. Then there’s coriander, but we won’t get into that now.
The big, orange, spherical things are found everywhere this time of year. Some own special characteristics, while others can be eaten. We rounded up some recipes for cooking with everything but the stem and came across some ideas for what to do with the ones that get used on Halloween.
We said things because pumpkins are neither here nor there. Pumpkin is a fruit since it contains seeds. However, also from the nutrition perspective, it can be compared to vegetables. It’s the stem, flowers, etc. are considered one of the best vegetable by those who have tried it.
We have heard a lot about the host pumpkin. When talking about pumpkin skin, let me tell you this: It is totally okay to have pumpkin skin. It will not put your health in a problem or risk your life.
Removing pumpkin skin can be rewarding though. If you feel lazy and don’t remove the pumpkin skin before cooking then it can leave you with a though skin in the end.
Say Hello to Tough Pumpkin!
The skin of most pumpkin and squash varieties is edible; however, the skin of most is too tough and takes too long to soften when cooking, resulting in the flesh being ready well before the skin. As a result, we recommend removing the outer shell before cooking.
Pumpkin also makes really good friends with others in roast veg. Use plenty of good oil along with seasoning and bae till caramelized. Don’t forget to take the skin out if you know it is going to be tough.
Pumpkin has anti-aging properties
Pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene and Vitamin A. These two substances work together in helping to soften the skin and increase collagen production, preventing the signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots.
From an antioxidant perspective, Vitamin C and beta-carotene work together to reverse UVA and UVB damage and free radical damage, two of the central causes of wrinkles and worse yet, skin cancer.
Pumpkin Helps in Weight Loss
Like other vegetables, pumpkins are high in fiber and the skin has even more. Pumpkins are about 90% water so they’re a low-cal food (not as low as celery, but it’s pretty close).
With their high water content and fibrous skin, pumpkins can leave you feeling fuller for longer, which can even help with weight loss.
Pumpkin Brightens the Skin
Now that you know that Pumpkin will give you bright, smooth, acne-free skin, let’s add a cherry on top by telling you that it also lightens your skin tone. Pumpkin contains fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which speed up cell turnover.
This lightens the skin. Additionally, the molecules of pumpkin are small and can thus penetrate further into the skin when used topically. This is ideal for combating aging skin, dull complexions, and pigmentation.