Betcha thought pumpkin season was over now that Thanksgiving has past, right? No way!
We follow the very official Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte calendar, and keep devouring all things pumpkin-flavored until Starbucks retires the seasonal drink from their repertoire.
We’ve made pumpkin green smoothies and pumpkin butter, but what if you want to cut straight to the chase and just juice the darn thing? We did a little internet research, and while most of the results are for Harry Potter-themed pumpkin juice (which you can purchase from Universal Studios in four-packs), it turns out you can feed chunks of pumpkin through your juicer. Think of it as juicing a squishier, fall-ier carrot.
Why would you want to juice a pumpkin, you ask?
Well, these bright-orange squashes are full of potassium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and various phytochemicals. Best of all, you can juice pumpkins raw, which means no cooking whatsoever. This may be one of the easiest ways to get all the nutrients from a pumpkin. Plus, pumpkin juice–unlike the infamous pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin pies, or most pumpkin-flavored foods–isn’t full of sugar.
Autumnal Pumpkin Juice
- 4 cups raw pumpkin chunks (about half a pie pumpkin, depending on the size)
- 2-3 carrots
- 1 apple
- Chunk of fresh ginger, depending on how much you like ginger
Feed everything through the juicer. Pour into a glass and top with cinnamon and nutmeg. Psst, adults! You can mix this juice with your spirit of choice (vanilla vodka, rum, whiskey) for a delicious holiday cocktail.
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