“Squash leaves, pumpkin leaves, and stems are full of good nutrition and are easy to grow… plus they taste great”
Perhaps have a garden full of squash and pumpkins… and fall is coming soon. So what do you do with all those leaves and stems? Eat Them! They are full of good nutrition.
In fact one man said is mother who lived to be over 100 years old ate squash leaves and stems every day for lunch… that’s a great testimonial.
Pumpkin and squash leaves are a good source of food and are commonly consumed in Korea and Malaysia and other places such as Africa, Pacific islands, Italy (in Italy sauteed squash leaves is called tenerume), Guam, India, Bangladesh, even in the UK, and other places around the world.
Make sure you have pesticide and herbicide free greens… you don’t want to eat chemicals.
Go to your garden and wear some gloves because squash and pumpkin leaves are full of tiny spines that can irritate the skin. Pick the smaller leaves and stems because they are tender. But the larger stems can also be peeled to remover the outer spines.
Cut off a few of the leaves and bring them into the house for a good rinsing with cold water. Now cut the leaves into one inch pieces and pour them into a pan sprayed with a little organic oil and add some fresh organic garlic to the pan.
Sauté them until they are soft just like any other kind of green… and the spines will soften and disappear too. Some people say they taste like a cross between asparagus, broccoli, and green beans, but I think they have a wonderful flavor that’s divine… and they are not bitter.
Some people put these greens them in soups, stews, stir fries, and add tomatoes, potatoes, onions, curry powder and cumin and other seasonings to make a wonderful dish.
Squash and pumpkin leaves and stems can even be boiled until soft, (if you boil them too long they become mush), then add your potatoes, sautéed onions and whatever seasonings you like… and with a little cheese on them they are amazing.
In Asia they cook squash and pumpkin greens with coconut milk and make a wonderful dish. If you google “recipes for pumpkin and squash leaves” lots of great tasting recipes will come up. And you can buy squash and pumpkin leaves and stems at Asian markets.
Once cooked these greens could be frozen for later use.
Squash and pumpkin leaves contain lots of good nutrition including lots of calcium and phosphorus for strong bones, iron and copper for anemia, potassium for water regulation and heart health, even A, B, and C vitamins for vitality, health, and immune boosting ability.
And they also have protein for strong muscles, magnesium for enzyme production, and manganese for stress.
And pumpkin and squash leaves can be juiced so you get all the live enzymes and nutrients.
Squash and pumpkin vines grow like crazy so you have lots of greens almost year round. And they don’t need much attention… they will grow no matter what you do.
Do your body good, have some great tasting squash and pumpkin leaves and stems.
Squash and pumpkin leaves are something we normally throw out, or put in the compost pile… but they are great food!
And if your friends have gardens and don’t want their squash leaves… you have a source of free food.
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