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Is Pumpkin Skin Toxic?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 03, 2011 at 6:38 PM

I was dissapointed this year in the farmer's market pumpkins because after steaming, the skin was rock hard. I like the skin more than the mushy stuff inside. Last night we made a pumpkin from Fairway and the skin was edible. The pumpkins looked the same -- any idea why some pumpkins have rock hard skins and others don't? Also, are the skins toxic in any way? I don't heat gobs of it but when I slice myself a piece of the steamed pumpkin, I eat the skin and the mushy stuff together. I thought the added fiber may reduce the sugar spike, and I seem to digest it quite well. Any paleo pumpkin connoisseurs out there also eat the skin?

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on November 03, 2011
at 07:21 PM

You can use the mushy stuff inside as french fries. I swear, if you succeed they taste just like the potato ones.

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on November 03, 2011
at 07:13 PM

I'm sure it's a matter of preference, but since Alexandra had a problem with hardness so it seems relevant.

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on November 03, 2011
at 07:08 PM

Even from pressure cooking and then blending it?

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on November 26, 2012
at 07:55 PM

We researched and found that skins are edible. We make pumpkin chips out of the skin! Our family made a video showing how: http://youtu.be/04Bs3Wxm96A

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on November 03, 2011
at 10:08 PM

I actually make soup stock from my butternut squash/pumpkins/etc. I cook for vegans every now and then and this stuff comes in handy to make soups.

http://mypaleocrockpot.blogspot.com/2011/10/pumpkin-soup-stock.html

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on November 03, 2011
at 09:20 PM

The skins of winter squash in general are fine, but are often too tough to eat. (The exception to this is kabocha and delicata squash, whose skin is perfectly tender after roasting.) I personally don't eat pumpkin skin because I have textural issues with the toughness, but I love eating whole slices of roasted kabocha (Japanese pumpkin).

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 03, 2011
at 07:06 PM

According to Gardens Ablaze the skin is edible but may be too tough unless it's a young pumpkin.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on November 03, 2011
at 07:08 PM

Even from pressure cooking and then blending it?

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on November 03, 2011
at 07:13 PM

I'm sure it's a matter of preference, but since Alexandra had a problem with hardness so it seems relevant.

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