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Pumpkin Season & Ayurveda – Santa Cruz Ayurveda


by Sheyna Haisman-Holmes

That is the season when vibrant orange pumpkins begin showing in every single place, calling to our eyes that fall is upon us. It’s the stunning beginnings of winter squash season! These edible gourds could have us pondering of carving pumpkins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin espresso, pureed soups, stuffed squash and extra. Pumpkins and different winter squash maintain nutrient dense qualities that we will profit from as this season attracts us inwards.

The qualities of pumpkins are chilly, dry and candy. The candy taste is kapha dosha, which must be elevated presently of 12 months to assist steadiness vata dosha. Pumpkin works to pacify pitta dosha, which can appear shocking. They’re within the Curcurbitaceae household with cucumbers and different pitta pacifying gourds. If we discover, pumpkins are often prepared and ripe effectively earlier than Halloween comes round, making their season nearer to the transition time of the seasons earlier than autumn equinox. This time of transition from pitta season to vata season is once we can devour pumpkins to cleanse extra pitta and start to nourish our methods for the approaching fall and winter. As we transfer deeper into vata season, we will begin consuming different accessible winter squash like butternut, delicata, acorn, kabocha, pink kuri, carnival squash and extra.

Pumpkin is a kind of meals that grows in a particular season to offer nourishing well being advantages, however wants some nice tuning to make it align extra with the physique’s wants presently of 12 months. If you decide one up, it’s heavy and exhausting, however inside is considerably hole and light-weight. It has this duality of being grounding and nourishing, whereas on the identical time it may be a bit gentle and dry. Many different meals have this attribute the place their qualities change after being cooked. Cooking it with oils and fat helps counterbalance these qualities and permit their nourishing qualities to come back by way of. Including warming spices to pumpkin recipes might help to make it much less chilly and extra digestible as effectively.

Consuming pumpkin might be grounding, comforting, calming and muscle stress-free. Pumpkin is soothing to the GI tract and helps relieve constipation and soothes irritated bowels. They comprise excessive ranges of magnesium and potassium, in addition to tryptophan which inspires sleepiness. Pumpkins have beta carotene (vitamin A), which is nice for the pores and skin, hair and eyes. This connects to mobile well being and prevents harm from free radicals.

Think about experimenting with pumpkin this 12 months! It may be baked and pureed, cubed and softened in a soup, roasted with different veggies, baked into bread or wholesome cookies and extra! Keep in mind that the meals rising seasonally are medicinal for the season and helps to nourish what our our bodies want simply on the proper time 🙂

 

10/11/23

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