What is a sugar pumpkin? I was recently asked this when describing my recipe for Bean Soup with Pumpkin and Zucchini.
Sugar pumpkins are also known as sweet pumpkins and sometimes cheese pumpkins. I don’t really get why they call it cheese pumpkins, but ok.
Sweet pumpkins are smaller in size, usually about 6 to 8 inches, and are usually found on the shelf in the produce department. You will often see them located next to acorn squash and butternut squash.
Cut a sugar pumpkin in half and rub some butter on the flesh side. Add a little salt and pepper and bake them for about an hour. You can also stuff the little pumpkins with stuffing, sausage, ground beef or quinoa.
The big decorative pumpkins that dominate stores in the fall are best used for decoration. Now, don’t get me wrong, you can get puree out of a large pumpkin. It is a lot of work and I hate to say that it is not worth the effort. To me, at least.
Larger pumpkins tend to have a watery and stringy flesh. So in my humble opinion, I leave the big ones for carving.
Now you have the answer to the question, “What is a Sugar Pumpkin?
Here are some health benefits of eating pumpkin:
- Low in calories, and helps to fill you up
- Source of healthy fat
- Rich in Beta-carotene
- High in Inflammatory Reducing Beta-Cryptoxanthin
- Provides 500mg potassium
- Pumpkins may reduce cancer risk (because of the beta carotene)
Now that you know what a sugar pumpkin is, take a moment to grab a few of my favorite pumpkin recipes. Some use fresh pumpkin and some use canned pumpkin.