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Halloween: interesting facts about pumpkins

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe pumpkin is the largest berry in the world – this autumn product has been a favouring in Latvia for generations. However, modern knowledge about pumpkins has expanded even further. It is now closely associated with dieting, soups and Halloween in USA and many other countries in the world.

Pumpkins are rich with A and C vitamins. Not only their flesh is edible, but also their seeds, flowers and tendrils.

LIDO has compiled a list of interesting facts about pumpkins you may not have known about:

-Central America is considered the place of origin of pumpkins. This is proven by documented mentions of it in Mexico, dating as far as 7,000 – 5,500 B.C.

-The round shape of pumpkin peel was often used for hairdressing in ancient times.

-Antarctic is the only continent in the world where pumpkins are not cultivated.

-Pumpkin is one of the rare natural products that can maintain nutritional value almost one year after harvest.

-There are more than 100 species of pumpkin in the world. Their colours range from white to blue.

-The heaviest pumpkin in recorder history was found in USA in 2012. It weighed 911.27 kg.

-Pumpkins are rich with fibre and are therefore good for dieting. 100 kg of pumpkin contains only 20 calories.

-Pumpkins are rich with A vitamin, which improves sight.

-Pumpkin seeds are rich with iron and B vitamin, which improve blood flow and brain activity.

-Pumpkins contain a lot of C vitamin, so they are also good for strengthening the immune system.

-Pumpkin flowers contain ethereal oils that help combat viruses.

-Masks produced from pumpkin and coconut flesh help soften skin. Pumpkin flesh revives, moistens and softens skin.

-Pumpkin juice is good for children during teeth growing period, because it helps with teeth growing pain.

-It is believed the gates to the world of the dead open on Halloween. Spirits enter the world of the living and ‘visit’ their old homes, as do different demons and other supernatural entities.

-Pumpkins carved with frightening faces and lit up using a lantern are often put outside of houses to scare off wandering entities from the other world.

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  1. Linda says:

    I cannot abide the taste of pumpkin … yuk.

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