Power-Packed Pumpkin Hummus

Power-Packed Pumpkin Hummus

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Recipe: Delicious Pumpkin Hummus

  • 1 c. pumpkin purée
  • 1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 c. tahini
  • 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika, plus more for garnish
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Pita chips, for serving

History of Pumpkin

Known in the U.S. for their uses as jack-o-lanterns and in pumpkin pies for holidays, domesticated pumpkin seeds were first found by archaeologists in the Oaxaca Highlands in Mexico. Though the original variety was different with a bitter flavor and smaller size, historians believe that pumpkins originated over 7,500 years ago in Central America. In North America, pumpkins were among some of the first crops grown for people to eat. The thick flesh of pumpkins was prized for its ease of storage during cold weather when other food sources were scarce. One of the earliest American recipes for pumpkin was for a side dish recipe in the early 1670s, and it later came into use in sweetened holiday dishes in the 1800s.

Medical Properties of Pumpkin

Pumpkin supplies vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber that help support healthy blood pressure and healthy cholesterol levels. The liver can also be protected by eating pumpkin, and the fiber in pumpkin aids in health digestion and in maintaining a healthy weight. Vitamin A, vitamin C, and zinc consumed from pumpkin helps to boost the immune system against colds and other viruses. Antioxidants in pumpkin also fight against free radicals to help in aging healthily, and protein and zinc in pumpkin seeds help with recovery when consumed after a workout.

Surprising Facts About Pumpkin

Pumpkin helps protect the liver by removing harmful substances from the bloodstream. Along with their many health benefits, pumpkins can grow to become massive in size. A pumpkin that weighed in at 2,624.6 pounds was recorded in Belgium in 2016. Indigenous people of North America have grown pumpkins as a crop for thousands of years, even before corn and beans were grown as crops. Members of the gourd family, including pumpkins, watermelons, cucumbers, zucchinis, cantaloupes, and others, grow on all the continents of the world except for Antarctica.

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