Halloween is a very popular celebration and pumpkin is usually associated with it. It got me wondering what relevance pumpkin has, so I started searching online.
In Ireland, there was a legend of a drunken farmer who was rejected after death by God and the Devil, but the Devil sent him away with a piece of burning coal. Forced to wander the darkness of purgatory, Jack made an O’lantern from a turnip and used the burning coal to guide his lost soul. Every Halloween, communities in Ireland would craft their own turnip lamps to scare him and other wayward spirits away.
The tradition started when Irish immigrants found pumpkin native to America and one that ripens perfectly in time for the fall. That’s how pumpkin came to replace the turnip. Today, pumpkins mean big business at Halloween. U.S. farmers grow over a billion pounds a year, worth about $106 million.
You will see all sort of pumpkin-inspired food and drinks around Halloween in bakeries, shops and cafes… Just to name a few, there is pumpkin pie, lattes, mousse, bread, muffins, cupcakes, cake pops.
I’ve created two sweet pumpkin recipes made without gluten, dairy or refined sugar. One is pumpkin pie and the other one is pumpkin energy balls.
Pumpkin is low in calories and fat, but high in fibre. It is also loaded with an important antioxidant, beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is one of the plant carotenoids converted to vitamin A in the body. Even more reason to try out these great recipes!