• It's a Pumpkin don't squash it

August 13, 2016

The word pumpkin originated from the Greek word Pepõn which means large melon. The word gradually morphed by the French, English and then Americans into the word "pumpkin."

A pumpkin is a cultivar of a squash plant, most commonly of Cucurbita pepo, that is round, with smooth, slightly ribbed skin, and deep yellow to orange coloration.Pumpkins, like other squash, are thought to have originated in North America. The oldest evidence, pumpkin-related seeds dating between 7000 and 5500 BC, was found in Mexico.

 

The biggest international producers of pumpkins include the United States,Canada, Mexico, India, and China
Native Americans dried strips of pumpkin and wove them into mats. They also roasted long strips of pumpkin on the open fire and ate them. The origin of pumpkin pie occurred when the colonists sliced off the pumpkin top, removed the seeds, and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. The pumpkin was then baked in hot ashes.

Pumpkins are a member of the gourd family, which includes cucumbers, honeydew melons, cantaloupe, watermelons and zucchini. These plants are native to Central America and Mexico, but now grow on six continents.

In Portugal every day more, the pumpkin has growing the food habits of Portuguese. Is mostly used in soups and jams or sweets.

74% of the production in Portugal is concentrated in the West region.And 60% of the national production is exported to England, France and Germany.

Here in Good Stuff, the pumpkin comes in a jar ready to taste. Have you taste yours?

 




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