SEASONAL FOOD. the Pumpkin
Squash or pumpkin is the fruit of some plants of the genera Cucurbita and Lagenaria and has been used throughout history as a food for people, animals and the construction of several containers of liquids and even as tools music.
The natural cycle of the pumpkin begins in late spring sowing seeds. Its maximum fullness is in early October. Pumpkin is closely related to All Saints. During the night of All Saints was the custom of lighting candles inside pumpkins inedible, which is hollow . These pumpkins were placed on balconies and windows and illuminated the night of the feast of the dead.
There are many denominations of the pumpkin by its species and varieties. The Pumpkin "rabequet" known as pumpkin eating or piece pumpkin "potato" pumpkin "wine" or "winemaking" or "pilgrim" to "angel hair,"the" Abellera "the" baconera "the "bomb" to"ass mortar" of the "iron "of the "knee "of the " Botja", the "funnels", etc.
Almost all parts of the pumpkin are edible, the leaves, cutting, roots, flowers, fruits and stones. It can be prepared in soups, starters, as the basis for sweets, jams, pumpkin (filling in various pastries and cakes, etc.) The seeds can be eaten raw or roasted.
Nutritional properties: Pumpkin is highly diuretic and helps prevent atherosclerosis and diseases of the prostate. It is a food antioxidant par excellence, has high water content, not calories, high satiating power and is ideal for dieting. Helps prevent constipation thanks to fiber type has a soluble fiber. Its seeds are vermifuge properties (elimination of intestinal parasites) are essential nutrients for prostate health and the immune system. It is rich in beta- carotene, coumarins, lycopene, vitamin C, potassium and fiber.
Nutritional composition (100g): Energy 28.37 kcal, 92g water, 1.13 g protein, 4.59 g carbohydrate, 0.13 g fat, 2.16 g fiber, 22mg calcium, magnesium 8g, potassium, 304mg, beta- 705ug carotene, 127g Vit.A Eq. Retinol.
This vegetable own cold months of concentrated many nutrients that help alleviate and cure ailments typical of winter (colds, sore throat, raisins...) and also favors the view by its high content of beta carotene and pro - vitamin A.
Author of the text.
Elena López Juez