Pumpkin, an affordable, slightly sweet gourd, is readily available for most between September and March. Often relegated to pies and other sweet desserts, pumpkin is actually high in nutritional value, although this tends to be lost when it is combined with copious amounts of sugar and butter.
On its own, this gourd is rich in vitamins A and C, which help to prevent aging, support a healthy immune system, and keep your eyesight and skin healthy and youthful. In most cases, pumpkin juice is recommended to aid in treating bladder problems, as the unique composition of pumpkin can help to relieve overactive bladder syndrome.
Although it is often recommended to use vegetables and fruits in juicing recipes without peeling them as the skin often contains a fair amount of the produce’s nutrition, the skin and seeds from a pumpkin can damage your juicer, and should be removed prior to making pumpkin juice.
Here are some recipes to get you started. You can alter the quantities or the ingredients based on your personal preferences.
Pumpkin Pie Juice
1 small pumpkin (approximately 4 cups of cubed pumpkin flesh)
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon local honey
Juice the pumpkin and then stir in the remaining ingredients before serving.
Tropical Pumpkin Juice
1 small pumpkin
2 apples (any variety)
1/2 cup pineapple
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice
Water, to taste
Juice the pumpkin, apples, and pineapple before stirring in the spices and thinning the mixture out with water.
If you do not want to use a whole pumpkin for any of these recipes, you can easily freeze the fresh leftovers for use in other recipes.
Here are some links to other popular Fall Juicing Recipes:
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