02 Apr Pumpkin Powder : The Perfect Ingredient for Your Food
Pumpkin powder is a dry powder ground from ripe pumpkins. Once they reach peak ripeness, the pumpkins are washed, sliced, and dehydrated. Pumpkin powder can be used as a healthier alternative to wheat flour in cooking or baking. It can also serve as a natural food coloring or sweetener in drinks and other dishes.
When mixed with water, pumpkin powder can be rehydrated to replace canned or fresh pumpkin in many recipes. It’s even become a popular addition to pet foods and treats.
Beyond its great versatility, pumpkin powder is packed full of essential nutrients and may offer several health benefits.
A 100-gram serving of pumpkin powder contains:
Protein: 6 grams
Fat: 0.8 grams
Carbohydrates: 78 grams
Fiber: 23 grams
Sugar: 18 grams
Pumpkin powder is a good source of: Beta-carotene/ B vitamins/ Vitamin A/ Vitamin E/ Iron/ Potassium/ Folate
What Are the Health Benefits of Pumpkin Powder?
Pumpkins are naturally high in beta-carotene, which is an excellent source of vitamin A. Pumpkin powder provides a variety of other nutrients, including multiple B-vitamins, vitamins C and E, and potassium. It also boasts a very low calorie content.
Not only is this a delicious way to incorporate pumpkin powder into your food offering, but it creates a healthier flour option that may be more desirable to health-conscious consumers. Pumpkin powder also provides a tasty way to add much-needed iron and protein to vegetarian and vegan diets — and not just for humans.
Pumpkin is becoming a very popular ingredient in dried dog food and treats. Dogs love the smell and taste, and pumpkin’s nutritional benefits help maintain healthy bodies and shiny coats. Many pet owners seek out nutritious treats for their canine companions, so pumpkin is an ideal choice for such products.
How Can You Use Pumpkin Powder?
Many food and drink products can benefit from pumpkin powder. The soft yellow color can serve as a natural source of food coloring, while the taste and texture adds flavor and body to products. Pumpkin powder can also be reconstituted by adding water, providing a shelf-stable replacement for canned or fresh cooked pumpkin in your food offering.
Here are a few possibilities for using pumpkin powder in packaged food and beverages:
♦ Include it in a flavor pack in a boxed pumpkin spice latte mix
♦ Include it in boxed baking mixes for breads, cakes, and cookies
♦ Incorporate it into a pumpkin pie mix for a more shelf-stable option
♦ Add color, nutrition, and flavor to packaged pasta by replacing some of the wheat flour with pumpkin flour
♦ Use it in seasoning blends, dry rubs, and powdered soup mixes
♦ Add it to dried dog food and treats
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