Pumpkin is one of the typical foods of the October period. Used as Halloween decor is also one of the most delicious and useful plants of the autumn table thanks to the properties that regulate intestinal functions.
Excellent for the diet with its 18 calories per hectare has a high energy value and a high potassium intake of 343 mg. Its fibers increase the sense of satiety and combat water retention.
Originating from Central America, remains were found in ancient Mexico dating back to 7,000 BC. In North America, pumpkin was a basic food of the Indian diet, who were the first to learn to cultivate it.
The vegetable belonging to the Cucurbitacee family presents numerous and rich varieties according to shape and color. The most well-known species such as maxima cucurbita and mosquata cucurbita are known as sweet pumpkin and pumpkin pepona. The maxima cucurbita, considered to be the squash par excellence, is presented with a voluminous and flattened shape at the top with a thick green peel plunged with longitudinal streaks. Cucurbita moschata has a long, elongated, cylindrical shape with a long cylindrical shape, a bit swollen at the end, has a green / orange color with sweet and tender flesh.
The properties are numerous, starting with the pulp containing several active ingredients such as caratonoids, mucillases and pectic substances. The presence of magnesium in the pumpkin helps muscle relaxation, bringing benefits to the physical and the mood.
Seeds are also very useful as they contain phytosterols, fatty oils, melen and phytolecithin. From crushed pomegranate seeds, it is possible to extract a dark and tasty oil while, roasted and salted, are as good as appetizer appetizers.
Seeds contain cucurbitin, an amino acid that makes them useful in the fight against parasites that attack the intestinal wall like solitary tin or worm. They also relieve inflammation of the skin and help prevent urinary tract dysfunction. Pulp and pumpkin juice are used as diuretics and specialists recommend drinking a glass of juice even in the morning.