Pumpkin or also known as large melon can be referred to fruit and vegetable as well. It has thick shells containing pulp and seeds. In addition, pumpkin plant features male and female flowers. Therefore, the bees are involved in pollination.
How many pounds of pumpkins produced by US in a year? US produces pumpkin over 1 billion pounds each year.
There are lots of pumpkin uses besides halloween and thanksgiving. If you want to know more about pumpkin and its uses, let’s dig out the information below.
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Pumpkin has so many benefits for our health, they are:
– Keeping our eyes sight healthy
– Keep you from over-eating
– Its seeds protect us against bad cholesterol
– Reducing cancer risks
– Protecting skin from radical
– Help to boost up the mood
– Refueling energy
– Boosting up immune systems
Apart from those benefits, there are still many more benefits we can take from this delicious pumpkin. Pumpkin can be used for many purposes and ways. Here are several uses of pumpkin other than pie.
– Health Uses
For health uses, you can consume a cup of pumpkin.
It contains 50 grams of calories hence you will eat less overall.
Pumpkin not only contain fiber but also Vitamin A which has role as anti-aging so it will result in youth looking skin.
Pumpkin seeds also contains beneficial nutrients.
It provides zinc and mineral. You can take one-quarter cup of pumpkin seeds for healthy sex life. Besides, the seeds can be used to treat enlarged prostate symptoms. Pumpkin seeds also useful to get rid off intestinal worms.
– Cooking Uses
Pumpkin is easy to cook for any recipes. Other than pie, there are many healthy recipes made from pumpkin such as: pumpkin butter, spicy roasted pumpkin, pumpkin seed brittle, raviolli stuffed with pumpkin, oatmeal pumpkin and nuts, curried pumpkin soup, pumcakes, and also pumpkin spice syrup.
Hence, both for health or food purposes, pumpkin is useful and flexible. It is beneficial started from the skin until the seeds. About the taste, it can blend with any ingredients. Thus, it’s easy to make variant recipes with pumpkin.
Where did Pumpkin Originate?
The name of pumpkin derives from Greek ‘pepon’ which means large melon. Pumpkin or cucurbita maxima originated from North America, approximately Mexico. In Canada and United States, pumpkin is always made into pie for thanksgiving.
Pumpkin shares the same botanical classification as squash. The color of pumpkin is orange and contains nutrients such as lutein, alpha, beta carotene which generates vitamin A.
Plant Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin can grow all over the world except Antarctica. It grows best in a warm weather or at 70 F soil temperature. You can plant it around May and July.
So how to plant pumpkin? Planting pumpkin is easy even a child can learn to plant pumpkin as garden activity.
The first thing you need to consider is the space. Pumpkin is the type of plant that needs large space to grow. Recommended size for planting pumpkin seeds outside is 20 square feet minimum.
Up location is better for the pumpkin to grow because it cannot grow in the cool soil. It needs sun exposure to grow fast. You just need to plant 3 to 5 pumpkin seeds in the mound with 1 inch deep.
If the weather still in frost, you can plant the seed indoor. However, you need to pay attention on the soil temperature. Minimum temperature is 70 F and more because seeds are sensitive to cold.
Next, put the soil in the cup or container. Don’t forget to make a hole for drainage. Then, plant 2 to 4 pumpkin seeds in the soil with 1 inch deep. After that, water it until it moist enough. To make it warm, it’s better to place cup on a heating pad and put it in a warm area such as near window or light bulb.
Furthermore, when the weather turns out to be warm enough and the frost has all gone, you can move the seeds outside to the garden. You need to remove the plant from the pot with care so that the roots are safe.
Next, carefully place the plant in the soil with 1 to 2 inches deep. Press the surrounding gently and water it thoroughly. Wait until it is ripe for you to harvest.