Butternut Pumpkin (half) is a very heart friendly food choice. It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. The butternut may be high in carbohydrates but studies have shown that since not all starches are the same, this vegetable brings a lot of key nutrients. It is a rich source of dietary fibre and phytonutrients. B-complex group of vitamins like folates, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, thiamin, and pantothenic acid are also present. It has a similar mineral profile to other pumpkins. Butternut contains adequate levels of minerals like iron, zinc, copper, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.
Butternut can be baked, boiled, mashed, microwaved as well as roasted. Try slicing it thinly and turning it into chips.
Did you know?
There are lots of different varieties of pumpkin available. They do vary in taste and texture but most can be successfully substituted in recipes. The seeds of the butternut are edible and taste best roasted.
Fresh butternut is available at Jesmond Fruit Barn now or shop online.