There's much more to these orange gourds than Halloween! Pumpkins have numerous health benefits, although none of them take centre stage in autumn's most frequent offerings.
Pumpkin is highly nutritious and a great seasonal autumn food, and can be enjoyed in a number of different ways.
At Barannes, we've obviously incorporated pumpkin into a juice and smoothie. Come and try the Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie, which contains pumpkin blended with banana, carrot juice, seasonal spices and rice milk.
But first here are two nutrition experts to give us their low-down on why this delicious autumnal vegetable in its different forms is so good for us.
Low in calories and carbohydrates, there doesn't seem to be a logical reason to avoid having pumpkin in your diet.
It's delicious flavour - similar to that of a sweet potato - means it makes a great swap for those trying to lose weight.
But the vegetable will also help to keep people full-up for extended periods of time, preventing them from snacking throughout the day.
London-based nutritionist Cassandra Barns said: 'It contains a good amount of fibre too – around 3 grams per one-cup serving – so will help keep you fuller for longer.
IT'S GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN
Pumpkin, along with vegetables such as carrots, squash and sweet potatoes, contains high levels of beta carotene and other carotenoids.
These are responsible for its bright orange colouring.
Beta-carotene converts to vitamin A within the body, which is one of the most important nutrients for skin integrity.
This allows the skin to stay firm, resisting damage and allowing it heal quicker.
While the compound may also help to prevent free radical damage to our cells that can result in ageing, as it works as an antioxidant.
Dr Marilyn Glenville, author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar, said: 'The orange vegetables are delicious as a basis for stews and soups in the winter, or roasted with other vegetables such as peppers, red onions and beetroot.'
FULL OF NATURAL ANTIOXIDANTS
Pumpkin seed oil contains very high levels of natural antioxidants and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
It is especially high in the gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant.
Previous research has found the compound can reduce inflammation and protect against some forms of cancer.
Scientists have also found it activates genes involved in preventing the onslaught of Alzheimer's disease.
IT CAN HELP BOOST YOUR MOOD
Feeling a bit down in the dumps? Try our Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie - known to help improve moods of people.
Full of magnesium, which is involved in many brain chemistry reactions, it could help to cure depression and anxiety.
Previous research has found a deficiency in the compound means people are more at risk of depressive symptoms.
Ms Barns said: 'Pumpkin seeds are one of our best sources of magnesium.
'This vital mineral is often called "nature's tranquiliser", as it's associated with helping us feel calm and relaxed.'
We've all heard the myth that eating carrots can make you see in the dark - but what about pumpkin?
Full of beta-carotene, the body converts this into vitamin A - which then further breaks down into retinol.
By providing the eyes with retinol, they can see more light - preventing degenerative eye diseases.
This helps to improve eye health eye and slow the decline of retinal function which can cause blindness.
Ms Barns said: 'A cup of cubed pumpkin is an easy and tasty way to get your daily-recommended amount of vitamin A.'
KEEPS YOUR HEART PUMPING
The antioxidants in pumpkin can have a protective effect for the whole body, including our heart and blood vessels.
High in fibre, both flesh and seeds may help to keep cholesterol levels in check, experts say.
While previous research found a high-fibre diet can help to lower blood pressure - potentially preventing heart disease
For maximum fibre, try oatcakes topped with roasted pumpkin chunks, or try sprinkling pumpkin seeds on top of your salad.
HELPS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Thanks to its helpful servings of both vitamin A and C - pumpkin can be a great way to fend off winter bugs.
The nutrients are both deemed vital for the maintenance of a healthy immune system, experts say.
Ms Barns said: 'Make a big batch of warming pumpkin soup with ginger and spices for cold winter evenings.'
Don't forget to try our Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie, and whilst stocks last if you'd like to add juiced pumpkin to any of our standard juices just ask one of our sales assistants. Ingredients can be swapped for no extra cost or you can pumpkin for an additional 50p. Standard juices and monthly specials can also be ordered online: https://barannes.shop/juicemenu/
This article has been largely sourced from: The Daily Mail, picture from Pixabay and Barannes)