It’s Pumpkin Season! We have put together 10 interesting facts about pumpkins that you should know.
1.- Pumpkin fresh from local cultivation is available from August to November. After that, the pumpkin usually comes as a stock item in the sale. Use this time to make delicious recipes such as pumpkin soup.
2.- The pumpkin is originally from South America. Pumpkins were eaten in Peru and Mexico more than 8,000 years ago. With the discovery of America, it finally arrived in Europe.
3.- The pumpkin is actually a fruit, not a Vegetable – more precisely – a tank berry because it contains seeds, and it can weight up to 50 pounds.
4.- There are around 800 different pumpkin species. However, only about 200 of them are edible. In addition to the biodiversity, the variety of colors is enormous: Whether white, yellow, green, black, spotted or striped. The pumpkin is available in many color variations. Also in the form, it is very flexible: From round, oval pear-shaped up to onion-shaped and smooth or with small pimples the Bandbereite enough.
5.- When buying, make sure that the pumpkin still has a stalk. Under certain circumstances, pumpkins without a stalk are no longer edible. In addition, the pumpkin should feel heavier than it looks. The knock test helps: If it sounds hollow, it is ripe.
6.- Around 35 pumpkins are needed to make one liter of pumpkin seed oil. This lowers the cholesterol level and prevents cardiovascular diseases. Pumpkin seed oil contains vitamins A, E and K, the trace element selenium, phytosterols, and linoleic acid.
7.- A pumpkin consists of over 90 percent water. It contains a lot of beta-carotene and has a very favorable sodium-potassium ratio. This promotes the muscle functions and ensures a balanced water balance. In addition, it contains magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and silica as well as vitamins B, C, D and E. With only 25 kilocalories per 100 grams, the meat is very low in calories.
8.- For Halloween, the pumpkin is popular as a decoration: The pumpkin is carved out and children like to make scary grimaces in the pulp and put a candle inside. If you erase hollowed-out pumpkins inside with vinegar and spray them with hairspray on the outside, this protects against mold.
9.- Pumpkins can be stored in dark places for several weeks. After cutting, they are only stable in the refrigerator for up to 30 days.
10.- For men of advanced age with mild prostate problems, the pumpkin provides relief to biological and thus low-side effects. So the effect of green pumpkin seeds is medically proven. The cores contain a lot of zinc; Zinc deficiency is one of the causes of prostate problems.