Pumpkin

Pumpkin, the fruit of certain varieties of squash—such as varieties of Cucurbita pepo, C. moschata, and C. maxima—in the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae), usually characterized by a hard orange rind with distinctive grooves. Pumpkins are commonly grown for human consumption and also for livestock feed.

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BENEFITS

  • Reducing the risk of developing certain types of cancer.
  • Offering protection against asthma and heart disease.
  • Decreasing the risk of age-related macular degeneration.

CULINARY USES

The flesh of a young pumpkin is good for savory vegetable dishes, while the mature fruit is used in certain bread and desserts.. The pumpkin fruit is widely used in the food and drink industry to provide new flavors for beverages, especially craft beers and other autumn-themed drinks. The flowers may be sprinkled over salads, pasta, and grains for a lighter meal.

MEDICINAL USES

  • Reducing the risk of developing certain types of cancer.
  • Offering protection against asthma and heart disease.
  • Decreasing the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
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