Pumpkins are widely grown for commercial use, and are used both in food and recreation. Of the seven continents only Antarctica is unable to produce pumpkins. Pumpkins typically have a thick shell, creased from the stem to the bottom, containing the seeds and pulp. They can vary in colour from orange, yellow, dark or pale green, white, red or grey. When ripe the pumpkin flesh can be boiled, baked, steamed or roasted. You can mash, puree or make soups or sweet dishes. The seeds can be roasted and eaten as a snack. The shell can be carved and used for many fun things by the family.  Pumpkins that are small and green may be eaten in the same way as squash or zucchini. The flowers are widely used to garnish dishes, and they may be dredged in a batter then fried in oil and eaten. Pumpkin leaves are a popular vegetable in Kenya called severe and are an ingredient of mukimo. Pumpkin seed oil is a thick green-red oil that is produced from roasted pumpkin seeds and it has a robust flavour.

Interesting fact: Phytochemical research

Preliminary research indicates that phytochemicals found in pumpkin may favourably affect insulin and glucose levels in laboratory diabetes models. Two compounds isolated from pumpkin paste and then fed daily to diabetic rats over six weeks, trigonelline and nicotinic acids caused significant reductions in blood glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides, indicating improvement in the diabetic condition.



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