Pumpkin Uses: Pumpkin can be eaten either fried, soup, sautéed with other vegetables, pie and juiced.
Health Benefits of Pumpkin:
- Pumpkin can help the immune system.
- Pumpkin juice is recommended for ulcer and high acidity. It has to be drunk three times a day, half an hour before meals.
- Pumpkin is rich in carotenoid, beta cryptoxanthin, which may decrease the risk of lung cancer in smokers.
- Pumpkins are also rich in zeaxanthin and lutein, which combat the free radical in the lens of the eyes.
- Pumpkin is beneficial in cases of hormonal disorders, menopause disorder, and sexual hyper-excitability.
- Pumpkins can help protect the prostate health.
- Pumpkin contains L-tryptophan which is useful in cases of insomnia and depression.
- Pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber 1/2 cup serving contains 5 grams of fiber.
- Pumpkin is recommended for treating burns, inflammations and abscesses. Just apply the pumpkin juice on the affected area.
Nutrient Content of Pumpkin: Per 1lb
- Vitamin A: 11,920 I.U.
- Vitamin C: 43mg.
- Thiamine: 0.16mg
- Riboflavin: 0.35mg.
- Niacin: 1.9 mg.
- Iron: 2.0mg.
- Calcium: 71mg.
- Phosphorus: 122mg.
- Protein: 5.0g
- Carbohydrates: 39.9g
Pumpkin Seed Botanical Name: Curcubita pepo
Pumpkin Seed also known as pepitas is one of the most nutritious and flavorful seeds, it has a delicately sweet and chewy texture. Pumpkin Seeds are covered with a yellow-white husk, although some varieties of pumpkins produce seeds without shells.
Nutrient Content of Pumpkin Seed: Per 100 gm.
- Vitamin: 70 I.U.
- Vitamin B:
- Thiamine: .24 mg
- Riboflavin: .19 mg.
- Niacin: 2.4 mg.
- Calcium: 51 mg.
- Iron: 11.2 mg.
- Phosphorus: 1,144 mg.
- Fat: 46.7 gm.
- Carbohydrates: 15.0 gm.
- Protein: 29.0 gm.
- Calories: 553
Pumpkin Seeds are also very good source of beta carotene, Omega 3, minerals magnesium and manganese, zinc and copper. In addition, pumpkin seeds are a good source of vitamin K.
Health Benefits of Pumpkin or Squash Seeds:
- Pumpkin Seed can help stimulate appetite.
- Pumpkin Seed is beneficial for the teeth, gums, nerves, hair and nails.
- Pumpkin Seed can help relieve nervous exhaustion.
- Pumpkin Seed can help relieve constipation, and catarrh, the condition of fluids running from mucous membranes.
- Pumpkin Seed helps to reduce overweight or obesity and dissolves gall stones.
- Pumpkin Seed is helpful in cases of tuberculosis because of its carotene content which can repair damage cell.
- Pumpkin Seed help prevent the formation of kidney stones.
- Pumpkin Seed contain anti-inflammatory properties without the harmful side effect of anti-inflammatory drug.
- Pumpkin Seed is good for diabetics just like cucumber and bitter gourd.
- Pumpkin Seed contains zinc that can be helpful in prostate problem.
- Pumpkin Seed can help improve bladder function.
- Pumpkin Seed can help remove tapeworms; just crush 15-25 Tbsp of fresh seeds (remove the coat) and mix with sugar, water or milk. Take one empty stomach. Follow with a purgative after 1 to 2 hours.
- Pumpkin Seed can be chew as laxatives and purgatives.
Health Benefits of Pumpkin Flower and Leaves: The flower and leaves of Pumpkins are widely used as vegetables. The young shoots are an excellent source of calcium, phosphorus, iron and Vitamin B. The flowers contain vitamin A and calcium.
Pumpkin Seed Oil is a thick green oil produced from roasted pumpkin seeds (white seeds with shells produce a cheaper white oil.) This oil is beneficial for lungs and mucus membranes, and is commonly used in cooking. However, cooking destroys its essential fatty acids.
How to Prepare Pumpkin Seed: To prepare Pumpkin Seed just scoop out the seeds, wash them and let it dry, then bake them on an oiled baking sheet at 250⁰ Fahrenheit for an hour. Commercial varieties are often fried and salted.
How to Store Pumpkin Seeds: Pumpkin can last about a month in a cool, dry place. They should not be refrigerated or stored at temperatures below 50⁰ Fahrenheit, which speeds deterioration.