Going Hungry

Pumpkins are a wonderful food but first 
we pick the leaves

Health benefits of Pumpkins and Leaves 
Reduce the Risk of Cancer 
 

Pumpkin leaves are good sources of beta-carotene which is proven to reduce the risk of some cancer. 
Including pumpkin leaves in your diet will boost your body’s vitamin A level and can prevent the growth of cancers like prostate and breast cancer. 
Prevent Obesity 
As a plant food, pumpkin leaves can also reduce the risk of obesity. It disrupts the growth of fat in the body and burns the excess fat present in the body. Studies found that it also promotes great Body Mass Index. 
Lowers Blood Pressure 
Potassium is one of the nutrients for heart health. Eating potassium rich foods can prevent high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and other heart-related diseases. 
The good news is, this important element can be found in pumpkin leaves. It lowers blood pressure in people with high blood pressure and can prevent those that don’t have it from developing high blood pressure. 
Boost Immune System 
The combination of vital immune-boosting nutrients present in pumpkin leaves makes it one of the foods that have the ability to fight diseases and infections. For instance, beta-carotene produces vitamin A which protects the body from infections. Also, there is an abundant number of vitamin C in pumpkin leaves. Vitamin C also strengthens our immune system and keeps us healthy. 
Rich in Fiber 
Daily intake of fiber is good for the body. Fiber helps in the digestion of food. It also prevents the blood from absorbing too much sugar. It regulates the bowel’s movement which reduces the risk of colon cancer. 
Other Benefits 
Apart from the above, pumpkin leaves have other benefits that can improve human health. It can improve eye health, prevent asthma, protect the muscle and prevent skin damage. Pumpkin leaves can be consumed in various ways. It can be made as a soup, added to salads, made as a dessert or eaten raw. It is essential to make sure the leaves are not overcooked to prevent the nutrients from being destroyed. The best way is to eat the leaves raw or half-cooked for the utmost result. Picking the leaves When picking pumpkin leaves, go for young fresh leaves. 
The old leaves are not edible and have thin thorns growing on them. The younger leaves also have thorns but the thorns are still tender and can be eaten.

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Pumpkin leaves are large, lobed leaves that grow on hollow stems. They are roundish in shape, and often have serrated edges. They feature three or more veins. They are typically dark green in color, but may be light or grey-green, depending on the variety. They are often fuzzy in texture, and the small hairs may feel prickly in texture. Their flavor is a mix of green beans, asparagus, broccoli and spinach. When cooked, they are soft and taste like boiled spinach and turnip greens.

Leaves: Start picking pumpkin leaves as early as 3-4 weeks after the plant germinates.

Harvest leaves that are still tender and near the tip of the plant. 

Remember to leave at least 3 leaves and a bud for re-growth.