Roasted Pumpkin Soup from the Heavens

Roasted Pumpkin Soup from the Heavens
24/03/2017 Margarida Moreira

This is the most delicious pumpkin soup that I ever tried!

Ingredients:

  • 300gr Butternut Pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata)
  • 300gr Carrots
  • 600gr White Potatoes
  • 2 onions
  • 4 cloves of Garlic
  • Rosemary
  • Olive Oil
  • Himalayan Salt
  • Optional: Pepper

Recipe:

  1. Preheat the oven at 180ºC (356ºF).
  2. Half the pumpkin and remove the seeds, then chop into cubes (or slices for a faster cooking).
  3. Cut the onions in rings or half rings – simply peel the onion as for dicing, then cut parallel to the equator.
  4. Drizzle some olive oil in a large baking tray.
  5. Place the pumpkin directly in the olive oil. Cover it with the sliced onions and the sliced, peeled carrots.
  6. Season with garlic, rosemary and salt (optional: pepper). Drizzle with some more olive oil.
  7. Bake it until the pumpkin and the carrots are soft.
  8. In the meantime, peel the potatoes, put them in a pan, and add water till they are covered.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer. Let it cook till the potatoes are soft.
  9. Add to the potatoes, all the ingredients that went to the oven.
  10. Puree the soup with a blender. Return to pan, and bring to boil (uncovered).
  11. Taste and correct seasonings. If you find it too thick, add more water and bring it to a boil again.

Additional note: When serving, pour some coconut milk or cream and some fresh parsley.

 

Medicinal Properties

Among the properties of the pumpkin are being astringent, laxative and diuretic.

Indications:

The decoction (method of extraction by boiling of dissolved chemicals from herbal or plant material) of the pulp is indicated in cases of diarrhea and gas.

The pulp juice is recommended for constipation. The poultice of the leaves is indicated in cases of burns and inflammations.

It is an excellent anthelmintic (anti-parasitic – expel parasitic worms and other internal parasites from the body), especially for children.

The pumpkin is tonic to the brain, liver, kidneys and intestines.

 

Pick up the right pumpkin

The fruits should be presented with the shell without shine. Peel/shell with brightness indicates that the fruit was harvested unripe and it will not fully mature, leading to a lower quality when compared to fully ripe fruits. Prefer fruits without bruises and without signs of mold or rot.

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