Pumpkin

Native Americans used pumpkin as a staple in their diets centuries before the pilgrims landed. When white settlers arrived, they saw the pumpkins grown by the Indians and took over the habit.

Fun Facts about the pumpkin

  • Pumpkins are the world’s largest fruit
  • In the United States, during Halloween, people carve faces into pumpkins and place a candle or light in the empty hollow. These pumpkin lamps are called Jack-O-Lanterns.
  • Pumpkins are grown on every continent except Antarctica
  • Each pumpkin has about 500 seeds.
  • They take between 90 and 120 days to grow.
  • Pumpkins are high in iron
  • The flowers that grow on pumpkin vines are also edible.
  • Pumpkin seeds can be eaten as a snack, just roast them lightly and peel 

 

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Health benefits

Pumpkins are rich in Vitamin A and potassium. They are also high in fiber.

Vitamin A…

  • contributes to maintaining normal skin
  • contributes to maintaining normal mucous membranes
  • contributes to maintaining normal eyesight
  • contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system

Potassium…

  • contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system
  • good for muscle function
  • supports blood pressure

Fibres…

  • are important for a proper intestinal function
  • contribute to satiety and thus in maintaining a healthy weight
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