Pumpkins and Spices: Pumpkin Soup and its Medicinal Herbs

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We're bubbling with excitement that it's pumpkin season! While pumpkins are mainly known as making delicious desserts, they also make incredible savory dishes. This aromatic pumpkin soup is chock-full of spices that are known to have medicinal uses as well. Cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg are thought to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-fungal properties among others. To read more about the link between nutrition and medicine start here

Curried Pumpkin Soup

(Adapted from a Maya Sozer recipe at Dreamy Leaf)

 

Makes 3-4 Servings

 

2 tbps olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

½ tbps ginger, grated

2 tsp curry powder

2 tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

Salt to taste

2 tbsp maple syrup

3 cups pumpkin puree, fresh or from canned

1 cup vegetable stock

½ cup coconut cream or coconut milk

Black pepper

 

Heat oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for about 5-6 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger, stir and cook for another minute. Add the curry powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add the pumpkin puree maple syrup and vegetable stock. Stir and bring to a boil. Add the coconut cream and black pepper. Optionally serve with pumpkin seeds.