Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

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Pumpkin
Common name:

Pumpkin

Synonym name:

gourd

Hebrew name:

דלעת

Scientific name:

Cucurbita

Family:

Cucurbitaceae - הדלועיים

Arabic name:

Shape:
annual plant
Dimensions:
m
Flowering color:
Flowering period:
Harvesting:
Growing areas:
Pumpkin grows in fields and vegetable gardens, throughout the country.
Desription:
Pumpkin is a Plant from the family Cucurbitaceae, which also includes cucumbers, squash and melon. It's usually has orange color, rounded shape and grows very big.
Pumpkin seeds are accepted in many countries as a remedy for stomach worms. The plant fruit contains a lot of orange beta carotene (pro-vitamin A), which helps against oxidation processes. It also has vitamins B, C and minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium and some iron.
 
 
 
 
For treating intestinal worms,
Eat many pumpkin seeds, fresh and not roasted. Best on empty stomach.
Peeled seeds are sold in spices and vitamins shops.
For Infants and children with gastrointestinal worms, it is recommended to grind the seeds into powder, and sweeten with honey or powdered sugar.
Eating pumpkin seeds is also good for strengthening the bladder, prostate and preventing Urinary Incontinence problems.
 

 It can be eaten boiled, steamed, baked, in salad, mashed, sautéed, as a juice, in cakes or pastries and jam.

Pumpkin often mentioned in the Mishnah as a vegetable that was grew in cultivated fields, because of its High nutritional value and its quality to remain fresh and eatable, for many weeks. Pumpkin seeds are also good for strengthening the bladder, prostate and preventing Urinary Incontinence problems.
The origin of Pumpkin is South America. Only 50 years after the discovery of America, pumpkin was brought to Europe and from there to other parts of the world.