11 interesting facts about pumpkins
IT’S that time of the year again! Time to start carving pumpkins and dressing up to scare, for it is Halloween.
Halloween is celebrated yearly in the month of October, mainly in western countries.
Kids will dress up and go trick-or-treating around their neighbourhood. During this celebration, pumpkins are not only ideal for decorations, but also in cooking.
Pumpkins are carved and used as lanterns and decorations.Carved pumpkins are called Jack-O’-Lanterns.
Pumpkins are rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, fibre, and low in calories.
Here are 11 facts you didn’t know about pumpkins:
1. Pumpkin flowers and seeds are edible. So, instead of throwing away precious seeds, start roasting them and eat.They make a great healthy snack.
2. Pumpkins are 90% water. This explains why pumpkins are low in calories, fat, and
3. Back in the day, pumpkins were used as medicine. They were used to remove freckles and cure snake bites.
4. Pumpkins are, actually, a type of squash.
5. Pumpkins belong in the same family (Cucurbita family) as cucumbers, gourds and squashes.
6. There are more than 40 types of pumpkins around the world. They all vary in shape, colour and size. Some pumpkins are not even orange.
7. Pumpkins are fruits, not vegetables.
8. The tradition of pumpkin carving first started in Ireland.
9. There’s actually no pumpkin in pumpkin spice. It only contains cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves.
10. Pumpkins can grow in every continent of the world, except Antarctica.
11. There is a type of pumpkin called “Cinderella” because of how much it resembles the one in the fairytale, Cinderella.
Craving for pumpkins? Here are two pumpkin recipes you can try:
Pumpkin photo courtesy of AFP.