Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pumpkins

It was a cold morning here in my part of Virginia, only 46 degrees Fahrenheit.  Breakfast today was a bowl of porridge, a teaspoon of honey and a drop of milk on the top.  I grew up on porridge in the colder weather and surprise, surprise, I was eating healthy all those years and didn't even know it.  All Mum was interested in was getting us to eat a hot breakfast of oats to ward off the cold as we walked to school.


But this subject isn't about oats today, it's about pumpkins.  It's pumpkin season here.   They are sold everywhere.  According to what I have read, the bright orange color of pumpkin is a dead giveaway that pumpkin is loaded with an important antioxidant, beta-carotene.  Beta-carotene is one of the plant carotenoids converted to vitamin A in the body.  In the conversion to vitamin A, beta carotene performs many important functions in the overall health.  


I took all my photos at Cox Farms a couple of weekends ago.  It never ceases to amaze me how many different varieties of pumpkins there are these days.  If you click here you can read about them and follow links that have photos of the various kinds.


Tips on growing them can be found here