Hindi Name: Kaddu, Sitaphal, Petha
A round fruit with its color varying from yellow to orange. Pumpkins are said to have originated in North America.
An average pumpkin weighs around 4-5 kgs. Did you know that the largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds (517.095 kgs)
Pumpkin are grown in major parts of the world including U.S.A, India, China, Mexico. Around 1.5 billion pumpkins are produced every year in United States of America.
Pumpkins are considered for their versatility use. The fleshy shell, seeds, leaves and even the flowers are used while cooking. When it is ripe, pumpkin can be boiled, steamed, baked or roasted. In North America, it is smashed and added in soups and purees. Pureed pumpkin is canned and frozen for later use. It is also a main ingredient in pumpkin pie. In India, pumpkin is added in dishes like sambar and halwa.
Roasted pumpkin seeds are a very popular Halloween snack. Pumpkin seed oil is mixed with other oil when used for dressing salads.
They are recommended for a healthy diet as they are rich in potassium, vitamin A and fiber. It reduces the chances of heart diseases and cancer. They are also used in curing stomach problems, intestinal worms, burns and bladder disorders.
Did you know?
Pumpkins are mostly associated with Halloween lanterns.
More than one billion pounds of pumpkin are produced in the U.S. every year.