A Virtual Trip to Germany’s Pumpkin Festival!
The world’s largest pumpkin festival is going on right now in Ludwigsburg, Germany. I have a special place in my heart for Germany (and pumpkins, too!) since we lived there for a few years. It is also home to the best pumpkin seed oil that I use in my formulations. As you know, I take great care in sourcing each of Adélie’s ingredients from all over the world. I have done an enormous amount of research, traveled far and wide, and made countless connections with sustainable farmers to bring you only the very best. And Germany is the very best when it comes to pumpkin!
If you haven’t heard of the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival, it is incredible. There are entire works of art made out of pumpkins, pumpkin growing competitions, giant pumpkin carvings, activities for kids, live music, pumpkin beer, creative pumpkin-based foods, and even a collective pumpkin smashing to finish out the season! It is a pumpkin lover’s dream. I really love this time of year because it takes me back to sweet pumpkin festival memories!
In celebration of Germany’s pumpkin festival, I thought it’d be the perfect time to talk about all things pumpkin, starting with pumpkin seed oil. (You know my mind goes directly to skin care first!)
All About Pumpkin Seed Oil
Pumpkin seed oil is one of the key ingredients in Adélie’s Lune Numineuse—with good reason. Pumpkin seed oil is packed with essential antioxidants to fight free radicals that can lead to premature aging. It is also rich in vitamin A & E, which is famous for its healing properties, as well as omega-3 and -6 fatty acids that are beneficial in providing and retaining moisture. It is an anti-aging wonder ingredient!
Pumpkin’s Nutritive Benefits (Why You Should Eat More Pumpkins!)
Pumpkin also has some major health benefits. I think it’s such an undervalued fruit (yes, it’s a fruit!). Here are some fun pumpkin facts that will surprise you!
- It’s good for your eyes. Pumpkin contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which are antioxidants that help filter potentially damaging light from the eyes. It also contains vitamin A, which protects the cornea, and vitamin C, which reduces the risk of cataract.
- It’s good for your skin and hair. Like carrots, pumpkins are an excellent source of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that is beneficial for your skin and hair.
- It boosts your immune system. Pumpkin pulp and seeds are an excellent source of immune-boosting vitamin C to keep you healthy.
- It’s good for your heart. A good source of potassium and fiber, pumpkins keep your heart healthy.
- It’s good for your digestive system. Pumpkins are high in fiber, which helps your digestive system working smoothly (and regularly!).
Top 5 Foods with Pumpkin
Remember how I mentioned all the pumpkin-based foods at Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival? That was where I discovered just how much I really loved pumpkin flavor. Before that, I really only thought of pumpkins as a side dish or a seasonal dessert—think pumpkin pie, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin muffins. Now, I love to incorporate them into savory, satisfying meals. Here are my top 5 go-to foods with pumpkin:
- Pumpkin soup. So simple and yet so delicious, pumpkin soup is in our weekly dinner rotation when it’s in season. I love to top it with a spoonful of pumpkin oil and serve it with a warm, crusty baguette. Add a side salad, and you’ve got the perfectly balanced meal!
- Pumpkin ravioli. Pumpkin ravioli is pretty easy to find fresh or frozen, and it’s a delicious departure from your typical cheesy ravioli dinner. You can also make or buy fresh pasta dough and make your own pumpkin ravioli using pumpkin puree and ricotta (I use almond ricotta, so good!) as a filling. Or, you can simply make a pumpkin sauce for your pasta—like pumpkin ravioli, but inside-out!
- Roasted pumpkin seeds. My girls and I love to snack on freshly roasted pumpkin seeds. They are super nutritious and satisfying. I also love to use the seeds as a garnish over certain dishes, like tacos or the above-mentioned pumpkin ravioli!
- Pumpkin breakfast smoothie. There is no greater way to wake up in the morning than a spicy, sweet pumpkin breakfast smoothie! Combine pumpkin puree (not sweetened), banana, organic oats, non-dairy milk (nut, oat, coconut, hemp, etc.), cinnamon, nutmeg, and a little touch of maple syrup. You can even add some fermented coconut yogurt for a probiotic boost!
- Roasted pumpkin. Serve it as a side, or make it into the most delicious salad of your life by placing it over a bed of fresh spring greens, tomatoes, beets, shredded carrots, along with some goat cheese alternative, chopped walnuts, and lentils or wheat berries.
Ok, now that I’ve made myself super hungry, I’m off to the kitchen. Leave me your favorite pumpkin recipes in the comments! I’d love to try some new pumpkin-inspired foods!
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