Not just for Halloween, pumpkins are a good source of Vitamins A and C which are crucial for growth and development and important to keep our immune systems and cells healthy. Vitamin C also helps wounds heal and helps the body to absorb iron from plant sources.
When to give to your baby
Pumpkin is wonderful as one of your little ones first mouthfuls. We recommend to start weaning at around 6 months, however every baby is different so follow your instinct or consult your health visitor if you are not sure.
The perfect pumpkin
Wherever possible we like to use organic pumpkin, which means that they have not been sprayed or treated with any nasties. When selecting pumpkin to prepare baby food look for one that is heavy for its size and that it is hard as this is a good indication that its a good quality pumpkin. The smaller generally have more flavour than the big ones and less water content. Like with most vegetables, try to pick one that doesn’t have any blemishes and looks in as good condition as possible. Store the pumpkin in a cool dark place for up to 1-2 months.
Best way to cook them for your baby
Pumpkin is really easy to cook. Try it steamed in an inch of water or roasted with a splash of olive oil until tender. It makes a wonderful puree and blends with most vegetables nicely. Why not try it with broccoli, peas or spinach or later on in the journey as a treat with pear and a pinch of cinnamon!