Pumpkins! some of you may wonder what to do with your jack o lantern from last night. Pumpkin is considered a fruit not a vegetable, in North America during thanksgiving, pumpkin is made into pies and sweet treats.
In TCM terms it is warm in temperature and has sweet flavour. Overall pumpkin supports our digestive system (stomach & spleen) it can help clear 'damp', 'phlegm' as well as creating warmth which supports blood circulation and provide essential energy (qi)
Try this smooth yummy soup;
Pumpkin & Chestnut Soup
1 cup of dried chestnuts (soaked)
3 table spoons of olive oil
1 medium pumpkin
2 pints of veggie stock
2 cloves of garlic
1 bay leaf
1 tsp of rosemary
A splash of cider vinegar
Parsley to garnish
Pinch of paprika
Pre soak chestnuts overnight or use fresh if available, Chop onions roughly and fry in olive oil until soft. Chop pumpkin, removing the skin and seeds, and sweat with the onions, turning occasionally until softens.
Add the vegetable stock, chestnuts, crushed garlic, bayleaf and rosemary. Simmer for 40 minutes, remove the bayleaf and liquidise adding a splash of cider vinegar and a goos twist of freshly ground pepper. Serve garnished with parsley and a sprinkle of paprika.
Source: Daverick Leggett, Recipes for Self- Healing