Pumpkins Fruits

Pumpkins Fruits

When the Irish immigrated to America, they brought with them the traditions of Halloween but the pumpkin quickly replaced the turnip as the Irish people found pumpkins to be plentiful in America. Today in modern America, no Halloween celebration is complete without pumpkin-carving, also know as the Jack O' Lantern-carving.

Is it a wonder then that the mere mention of the word pumpkin these days, conjures to images of modern Americans donning on Halloween costumes and carrying with them the infamous pumpkin face of Jack O' Lantern? While it is definitely interesting to know the history behind the use of this fruit in the Halloween celebration, in reality, there is so much more to this fruit that its clichéd festive associations.

The word pumpkin originated from the Greek word pepon, which means large melon. Originating in Central America, the pumpkin is a member of the gourd family whose other members includes the watermelon, squash and cucumber. Pumpkins fruits are grown all over the world. In fact, it can be found in 6 of the 7 continents.

Compared to other fruits, pumpkins are relatively easy to grow and can be harvested after 4 months of planting. For those who are interested in storing a pumpkin, wash it in a very mild chlorine solution. After washing, ensure that the fruit is completely dry, before storing the fruit in a cool, dry and if possible, dark place. Pumpkins are best stored on pieces of cardboard on flat surfaces.

The pumpkin fruit ranges in color. More common are the yellow and orange colored ones while white pumpkins can also be found extremely healthy fruit. Its uses are endless as almost every part of the fruit is useful.

For example, a pumpkin's flowers are edible, its seeds can be roasted and eaten as tasty snacks and its orange flesh, which has a mild yet sweet flavor to it, makes for a good side dish or excellent dessert for the sweet-toothed. Depending on your creativity and taste, the pumpkin can be made into pies, scones, breads, soups, cookies, cakes or even ice cream!

Health experts agree that the fruit can do wonders for the body as it has high contents of Vitamin A, potassium and other minerals, which help prevent the hardening of arteries, the main cause of heart problems. The pumpkin is also said to be able to cure freckles, snake bites and prevent prostate cancer.

If you have never been a fan of this friendly fruit why not start now? These fruits can easily be obtained from major supermarkets and fruit stalls. If you are still not convinced of its goodness, then note this: pumpkin has zero cholesterol, and is low in fat, calories and salt.

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