It’s that time of year — we’re carving pumpkins for our Halloween festivities. Did you know Irish immigrants brought the pumpkin-carving tradition to America? Using pumpkins as lanterns is based on an ancient Celtic custom.
So once you’ve carved your pumpkin, what do you do with the stuff inside? The seeds can be roasted for a snack, and the “meat” can be used to make soups, pies and breads. Pumpkin is highly nutritious. It’s low in calories, fat and sodium; high in fiber; and a good source of vitamins A and B, potassium, protein and iron.