Think Twice about Pumpkins: Find out Their True Value

Some may say what good of the pumpkin unless…

  1. -          It is for chucking
  2. -          It is for decoration
  3. -          It is for scary faces for Halloween
  4. -          It is for witches
  5. -          It is for fairy tales
  6. -          It is for festivals and competitions
  7. -          It is for painting
  8. -          It is for Thanksgiving

That’s a tricky question for those not familiar with various benefits of the pumpkins.


What exactly is a Pumpkin?

Pumpkin is a squash of the family Cucurbitaceae. The name pumpkin comes from the Greek word pepon, which means “large melon”. Scientists did not completely confirm the origin of the pumpkin, yet they agreed that the first pumpkin-related seeds were found in the caves in Mexico around 7000 BC.  Some refer to the pumpkin as fruits others as vegetables, but one thing is sure, pumpkins vary in size, color of the skin, and shape. Pumpkins generally weight of 4-6 kg, and those are the Giant pumpkins, though they can reach a weight of over 25 kg. As for the color of the skin, they are usually yellow and orange. Some species of pumpkins can be white, pale green, brown, red and gray. Inside, the pumpkins are hollow with net-resembling the structure of small, usually white, but sometimes green edible seeds.

They were very popular in ancient Greece and among the tribes in North America. Today, pumpkins are widely grown in every country, although Antarctica is the only continent that cannot produce pumpkins.


Nutritional Value of the Pumpkins

This plant is highly nurtured for its agricultural purposes. It is interesting that pumpkin’s nutritive value, especially seeds’ value, increases as they decompose. Pumpkins in generals are high in minerals and vitamins.

Vitamin A – necessary vitamin and natural anti-oxidant for good visual sight, and recommended for the maintenance of the mucus membranes and skin. Here are other important benefits and researches about vitamin A.

Vitamin C – vitamin that is crucial for the immune system and for the reduction of oxidative stress.  This antihistamine is also a powerful cure for the common cold. An excellent explanation about its antioxidant activities one can find in the research study from the group of authors called “Vitamin C as an antioxidant: evaluation of its role in disease prevention”,

Linda Ward is a nurse and a wannabe writer. She enjoys writing about different health, food and lifestyle topics. In her free time, Linda loves to dance and work out in a gym.

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