Pumpkin: 5 curiosities you did not know

The pumpkin  is the autumn vegetable! The children decorate it for Halloween while the older ones use it to prepare many tasty dishes with this sweet and tasty vegetable, especially our vegetable burgers !

It is rich in properties useful to the body , in fact, contains a good amount of minerals such as potassium and magnesium in addition to many vitamins . It is mainly composed of water , for a good 94% and therefore is suitable to keep the body well hydrated. It is a real panacea!

But do you really know all about pumpkin? To find out, here are 5 trivia  about this autumn-colored vegetable that (maybe) you did not know.

Nothing is thrown away

Pumpkin is also good for the pumpkin ! Pumpkin often uses only the pulp to prepare it in the oven or to add it to soups and risottos. The truth, however, is that you can also taste the peel, without problems.

For example, pumpkin is an excellent addition to soup , to give even more flavor to the recipe, or you can add it to jam to make it more flavorful and creamy. To taste the baked peel , wash it well and boil it for at least 30 minutes, then drain and season with oil, salt and aromatic herbs. Once seasoned, inform it for 20 minutes at 200 ° C. It is a perfect recipe for creating a healthy and tasty snack that is also excellent as a side dish to one of our vegetable burgers.

In ancient times it was a container

Pumpkin has not always been a stable ingredient on our tables but was nevertheless used in many different ways. It has been cultivated since 5000 BC by some South American tribes: it was an easy vegetable to transport and was therefore ideal for commercial exchanges .

Throughout history it has also been used as a container for wine or water , since the shape recalled that of the bowls. The smaller pumpkins, however, were also used outside the kitchen: they were used to hold tobacco or gunpowder!

It’s good for your skin

Pumpkin is rich in properties and vitamins , so it’s good when you eat it, but it’s also perfect for creating a mask to cleanse your face . It is very easy to prepare: just crush a slice of raw pumpkin along with a seedling. Add some honey to this cream and apply it all over your face. Leave it in place for at least 10 minutes and then rinse well. It is ideal for all skin types but particularly for greasy or impurities: the skin will be clean and smooth .

There are many varieties

There are many varieties of pumpkin that come in many different shapes and colors . Among the most popular and widespread is the Marina di Chioggia , green in color and the classic shape with a flattened sphere, the flesh is yellow or orange and is ideal for the preparation of risottos or velvety. Then there is the long Naples , which has an elongated, almost cylindrical shape. This pumpkin is sweet and fragrant: excellent for pasta or grilled. Finally, the Mantovana : similar in appearance to the Marina di Chioggia, is sweet and aromatic and lends itself to stuffed with gnocchi and tortelli.

 Even the seeds are very good

In the Balkans they are nicknamed the “aphrodisiac of the sultan” for its alleged aphrodisiac qualities due to the large amount of magnesium they contain, energy and toning , in addition to the zinc that stimulates testosterone . We do not guarantee on their aphrodisiac effect but for sure they are good and very protein . If you taste them alone or in the salad it seems a bit ‘boring idea, you can find them in our vegetable burgers with pumpkin and sunflower seeds !

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