It’s inevitable. Every year the days shorten, the air cools, the leaves change, and our souls become giddy with the promise of a new season. Fall – the season of holiday gatherings, outdoor spectaculars, and the delicious flavors of autumn harvest. If you’re like most, you’ve embraced the grand return of all things fall by indulging in one of your seasonal favorites: pumpkin.
A standard winter vegetable in Italy, the pumpkin is referred to by southern Italians as “cocozza” or, as a more general term for squashes and gourds, “zucca."
Although not native to Italy, pumpkins can be found in dozens of varieties from north to south, used as both a peasant food and a delicacy.In Italy, pumpkin season runs from October to late December, making fall the prime time to enjoy this versatile crop. With mild flavors, pumpkin can be used in a variety of dishes, both sweet and savory. Plus, as a fully edible plant – shell, seeds, leaves, and flowers included – none of it ever has to go to waste.
The best part? Pumpkins are chock-full of vitamins and nutrients, so your fall indulging comes with added perks to boost your health!
A pumpkin’s bright orange color isn’t just fun for decorating; it’s rich with nutrients like beta-carotene, which provides Vitamin A and powerful antioxidants to the body. With over 200% of your recommended daily dose of Vitamin A, pumpkins promote eye health and slow the development of eye diseases like macular degeneration.
Pumpkins can keep you looking younger than ever! The Vitamin A your body soaks up from pumpkins protects your skin from harsh sun damage that causes wrinkles. Retinol also boosts collagen production and cell growth for renewed, fresher skin
Packed with fiber, pumpkins promote healthy digestion and help your body feel full longer - the best way to prevent mindless snacking and extra unwanted pounds.Boosted Immunity
Pumpkin season also marks the start of cold and flu season, so there's no better way to prepare than an extra dose of nutrients to keep your immune system strong this fall. With Zinc to boost your immunity, Vitamin A to fight off those nasty viruses, and Vitamin C to help you recover from illnesses faster, you’ll be protected and ready for whatever comes your way!
With even more potassium than a banana, pumpkins can be the perfect post-workout snack to help renew energy, restore electrolytes, and help prevent muscle soreness.
At Cucina Antica, we get to enjoy fall year round with our Tuscany Pumpkin Pasta Sauce. Our sauce offers an artisanal blend of peak harvested pumpkin, flavorful San Marzano tomatoes, and an aromatic combination of garlic, rosemary, and sage. This soul-warming sauce achieves a well-balanced earthy character. It’s robust enough to be tossed with cheese ravioli, and yet light enough to drizzle over a sautéed medley of fresh vegetables.
Our Tuscany Pumpkin Pasta Sauce is the perfect canvas for your next culinary creation. Get creative –and bold– and pair new flavors with your next pumpkin dinner dish. Sweeten things up with cranberry, cinnamon or brown sugar. Add some spice with ginger, cayenne pepper, or caramelized onions. Whether savory or sweet, robust or light, the pasta-bilities are endless!
For more information on our Cucina Antica Tuscany Pumpkin Pasta Sauce visit: https://cucina-antica.com/collections/all-products/products/6-pumpkin
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