The story of the pumpkin

The Greeks were the first to refer to pumpkins as 'pepon'. It means `big melon fruit'. Pepon became 'Pompon' 'in French pronunciation. The English, who were not always accustomed to accepting what the French said, called it 'pompion'. Finally, the Americans created the term 'pumpkin'.

The pumpkin is thought to have originated in North America. Pumpkin seeds have been found between 5500 BC and 7000 AC in Mexico. Today pumpkin is grown in almost all parts of the world.

Pumpkin 'Tasty food'

The Native Americans had a habit of roasting long slices of pumpkin on a cutting fire. They also wove rugs from dried pumpkin pieces. Today it is common in the world to boil pumpkin and eat it as soup and curry. Early immigrants to the United States made 'pumpkin pie' (pie is a type of food). They cut off the top of the pumpkin, removed the seeds, put milk, spices, and honey inside, and heated by the flames and ate it.

To cast out evil spirits

Pumpkin is also a fun ornament in western countries. Especially during the fun day before 'All Saints' Day or Holloween day. People used to smash pumpkins, make like faces, and light candles inside. They are placed on the window side or at the entrance of the house. They believe that they will cast out evil spirits. In particular, the decorative composition of the `Jock of the Lantern'.

Is pumpkin good?

The pumpkin belongs to the creeping vine genus. It is low in fat and sodium and high in lutein, alpha, and beta carotene. The body converts them into Vitamin A. It is known to prevent some cancers and cataracts in the eye. In fact, pumpkin is considered a healthy 'energy food'. It is rich in Potassium, Fiber, Vitamin C, E, and K. Also contain a lot of mineral salts.

Pumpkin seeds also contain magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, manganese, and copper. It also contains the amino acid tryptophan. It has anti-depressant properties and essential fatty acids. It is good to eat pumpkin seeds raw. The reason is that roasted seeds contain decomposed fat. It can cause deposition in the blood vessels.

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