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LATIN NAME: Cucurbita Pepo

FAMILY: Cucurbitaceae

GENUS: Cucurbita

COMMON NAMES: Pumpkin, Cucurbita pepo, Field Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Vegetable Marrow 

DISTRIBUTIVE AREA: originates from Central America and is cultivated in many parts of the world

BOTANICAL INFORMATION: Annual herbaceous plant with erect and branched root. Stem is up to 5-8 m long. Leaves are alternate, long-petiolate, heart-shaped, five-lobed or five-segmented, laminas are up to 25 cm long, covered with short hairs. The flowers are large, single, same-sex, yellow or orange. The fruit is a large, smooth, spherical or oval in shape, fleshy pepo, with numerous seeds, covered with a hard crust. The seeds are broadly elliptical or ovate, from 15 to 23 mm long and from 2 to 3 mm thick, externally of yellowish-white color.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION: Useful properties of pumpkin are determined by the presence of vitamins and other nutrients in its composition, necessary for the normal life of the organism.

Pumpkin contains:

  • vitamins (A, E, C, group B, folic acid)
  • trace elements (copper, zinc, iron, cobalt, iodine, manganese, fluorine)
  • macroelements (calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium)
  • organic acids
  • simple sugars (fructose and glucose)
  • dietary fiber
  • pectins

The content of provitamin A in a pumpkin is five times more than in carrots and three times more than in a beef liver.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS: A raw vegetable can lead to a feeling of discomfort in the gastrointestinal tract. However, the symptoms are usually not long and strong. They pass as the body adapts to the intake of additional fiber.

In addition, pregnant women, nursing mothers and elderly people should use juice with caution. In these cases, pumpkin juice often leads to the food allergies, nausea, diarrhea, skin itching.

“Advice from a pumpkin: be well-rounded, get plenty of sunshine, give thanks for life's bounty, have a thick skin, keep growing, be outstanding in your field, think big”

Ilan Shamir

*This article is for informational purposes only. We suggest consulting with a physician before using these or any other herbal supplements.