Article Contents

  • 1 This unpretentious fruit
  • 2 Useful properties of berries giant
  • 3 What can you make: useful properties in dishes
  • 4 Recipes cooking
    • 4.1 Warm salad
    • 4.2 cream soup with pistachios
    • 4.3 pumpkin baked with cheese
    • 4.4 Sand cake with cream of pumpkin

This unpretentious fruit

dependingpumpkin varieties from the ripening occurs at the beginning or middle of autumn.Large fruited pumpkin - at the most recent date of maturation.The key to them is removal from the beds before the onset of frosts, ventilation under the eaves, and proper storage, which allows the fruit to ripen within 2-3 weeks.

most major producers (and in combination, and consumers) pumpkins are the US, Mexico, India and China.In Russia, the pumpkin is grown in all zamledelcheskih areas except eastern Siberia and Karelia.By the way, scientists have argued that the pumpkin can be grown absolutely anywhere in the world, except Antarctica.

Useful properties of giant berry

Medicinal properties of pumpkins will surprise all its variety and quantity of vitamins.Pumpkin - an indispensable product diet.In folk and official medicine it is used in diseases of the heart, kidney, obesity, hypertension, cholecystitis, as well as atherosclerosis, diseases of the stomach, nervous disorders and insomnia.And all because the fragrant pumpkin flesh literally consists of vitamins.There is in it, and ascorbic acid, is saved from autumn colds and vitamins of group B, which is not only coping with fatigue, irritability and insomnia, but also make hair fluffy, and nails strong.Contained in the pumpkin vitamins A and E - the main fighters against wrinkles and premature aging, and rare vitamin K affects blood clotting.

Pumpkin pulp contains antioxidants and beta-carotene (as evidenced by its rich orange color).In the body, the beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A, which is responsible for the functioning of the immune system, and health of the skin, hair, for bone health and vision.Carotene in pumpkin five times greater than carrots, and three times - than beef liver.Therefore, ophthalmologists recommend that people with visual impairments to use pumpkin and pumpkin juice.Besides Pumpkin - the champion on the content of iron.That's why lovers of this yellow pulp distinguishes a healthy complexion and good humor.

What can you make: useful properties in dishes

What to cook a pumpkin?The raw pumpkin well with apples, carrots and greens.From the pulp is traditionally cooked puddings and porridge, pancakes and pickles, side dishes and main dishes.The most popular combination of pumpkin - with cereals and vegetables, milk and dried fruit, nuts and mushrooms.Sweet orange flesh is very appreciated dessert lovers.This berry giant is ready to become part of a complex salad, pie or jam, and can give all its sweetness as a candied or simply baked with sugar or raisins pieces.

pumpkin puree caring mother feeding young children, older children can prepare valuable nutritional properties, and beautiful to look at on the basis of dumpling squash and cheese.And fans of culinary experiments allowed in the case, not only the flesh and seeds and even flowers, which are stuffed with egg and cheese and fried in batter.

Recipes cooking

Here is the interesting recipes from pumpkin.Cooking dishes of pumpkin, it is important to preserve the maximum of its beneficial properties.Even if it's soup or pumpkin in baked form.Or pumpkin cakes.In short, you have already realized that pumpkin - it is a product which can be prepared from both the first and second courses, and even dessert.

Warm salad

Ingredients (for 4 servings):

  • 800 g pumpkin,
  • 2 small red onions,
  • 2 teeth of garlic,
  • salt and pepper to taste,
  • vegetable oil,
  • balsamic vinegar.


  1. pumpkin cut into cubes, onion - large slices, garlic squeeze through chesnokodavilku or chopped.
  2. Heat the oven to 200 ºC.Cover the baking parchment, put the pumpkin, onion, garlic.Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with oil, mix gently and place in oven for 30-35 minutes.
  3. Prepared vegetables on a plate, sprinkle on top of arugula (if leaves are large, tear them into medium pieces) and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.
  4. Arrange slices of fig and pumpkin seeds.

cream soup with pistachios

Learn how to cook pumpkin soup and surprise guests an unusual ingredient - pistachios!

Ingredients (for 4 servings):

  • 1 kg pumpkin pulp,
  • 2 onions,
  • 20 g butter,
  • 200ml whipping cream,
  • 50g pistachios,
  • salt and pepper totaste,
  • a pinch of ground ginger and ground nutmeg,
  • balsamic glaze.


  1. Chop the onion finely, pumpkin - medium dice.Preheat a frying pan in butter and then a little onion in it, no frying.Add the pumpkin and stir, cook on low heat for 10 minutes.
  2. Put the vegetables in a pan, pour a liter of boiling water there.If the water did not cover the vegetables, add a little boiling water.
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer until cooked pumpkin for about 20 minutes, after which the blended vegetables in the pan and pour the cream almost all (some leave for feeding).Once again, almost warm soup to a boil and season with all the spices and salt to taste.
  4. Serve hot in trays, watering from the top cream, balsamic glaze and sprinkle with pistachios.For the soup, you can file a toasted baguette, juice.

Pumpkin baked with cheese

dishes of pumpkin in the oven is generally prepared with meat or cereals.We present a recipe for how to cook the pumpkin in the oven with cheese!

Ingredients (for 4 servings):

  • 1 pumpkin weighing 3 kg,
  • 500 grams of cheese "Gruyere»,
  • 1 liter of cream fat content of 35%,
  • 50 g butter,
  • saltground black pepper, ground nutmeg to taste.


  1. Cut off the top of the pumpkin with a spoon and clean out the seeds and fibers.
  2. The pumpkin sprinkle coarsely grated cheese (about one third of the pumpkin).Top pour cream.Between the upper edge of the pumpkin and cream poured levels leave little space, about a quarter of the volume, so that the content does not boil dry during cooking.Season with salt and pepper, add butter, cover the hole with the cut crown.
  3. Put on hour in the oven, preheated to 180 ºC.If the pumpkin weighs little more than 3 kg, hold it in the oven a little longer (about 1 hour and 15 min.) Cooked pumpkin Serve on a large platter.

Sand cake with cream of pumpkin

Sweet pumpkin dishes - varied.But this recipe you'll love its originality.After the pumpkin in it is the basis for cream cakes!

Ingredients (for 12 servings):

  • 500g shortcrust pastry,
  • 450 g pumpkin pulp,
  • 2 eggs,
  • 180 grams of sugar,
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon,
  • ½ teaspoonground ginger,
  • 30 g chopped nuts all taste,
  • whipped cream,
  • seasonal berries.


  1. Shortbread dough roll out the layer thickness of 3 mm and cut circles out of it with a diameter of 10 cm.
  2. Put the dough in a greased molds for cupcakes, cover with foil and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.Then bake in oven for 10 minutes at 180 ºC.
  3. Prepare the cream: Chop the pumpkin pulp in a blender, mix with spices, nuts and eggs, whipped with sugar.
  4. Pour the cream into the molds with the dough and place for 40 minutes in an oven preheated to 190 ºC.
  5. finished cakes in tins, leave for 10 minutes, then remove, cool completely and decorate with whipped cream and fresh berries.

We hope you enjoyed the orange "miracle berry" - pumpkin, useful properties which are truly unique?It is tasty, fragrant, useful, easy to prepare and will help you out in all cases of life.And yet, you see, putting dishes of pumpkin on the table, you proslyvite extraordinary hostess!