Since March is National Nutrition Month, for the next couple Fridays we're going to concentrate on identifying healthy produce that is a key part of Latino cuisine and that we grow in our gardens.
This month we will be focusing on the beautiful calabaza.
Calabaza, also known as "Indian Pumpkin" or "Ayote", is a part of the squash family and used in Carribean, Central American, and South American cuisine. In Puerto Rican cuisine calabaza is used for recipes like tortas de calabaza (fried pumpkin patties) or sopa de calabaza (indian pumpkin soup) as well as in stews.
Why is Calabaza good for you?
Calabaza is a starchy, low-carb, low calorie food. One cup of calabaza is only 35 calories and 8 grams of carbohydrates. It’s a great source of Vitamin A, potassium and Vitamin C.
Calabaza is out of season right now, but next fall, stop by our farm stand and enjoy some for $1.
National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.