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DescriptionWhat exactly is a pumpkin? A vegetable or a fruit. While most people in India would bet on it as a vegetable but technically speaking it’s a fruit. A fruit is defined as being the part of the plant which contains seeds. The average pumpkin contains about a cup of seeds, so they are most definitely a fruit. [1]

The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for "large melon" which is "pepon." "Pepon" was changed by the French into "pompon." The English changed "pompon" to "Pumpion." American colonists changed "pumpion" into "pumpkin."[2]

People use pumpkin to make jack-o-lanterns at Halloween in West but initially the Irish hollowed out Turnips, rutabagas, gourds, potatoes and beets for Halloween but owing to the easiness to carve out, pumpkin took the place in history. [3] 

Kitchen Pharmacy
  • Pumpkin is one of the food items recommended by dieticians in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.
  • Pumpkin seeds indeed are an excellent source of dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which are good for heart health.
  • Pumpkin is a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E
  • Regular consumption of pumpkin can protect against joint inflammation and arthritis, it also has anti-inflammatory properties
Nutrition: 1/2 Cup of Pumpkin Contains

Origin: Americas

  1. http://www.allaboutpumpkins.com/
  2. http://www.hsgpurchasing.com/Articles/pumpkin.htm
  3. http://askville.amazon.com/history-association-pumpkins-Halloween/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=5133593
  4. http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pumpkin.html

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