Autumn - time to collect pumpkins
 Pumpkin - one of the most common in the middle lane kinds of vegetables. The fruit of this plant is called "melon", it has a spherical or oblong, smooth surface and inside the yellow pulp with seeds. Outwardly, she is bright and cheerful, like the sun. Pumpkin Blossoms usually in June-July, maturing in August-October.

Now is the time to start collecting ripe melon. To squash stored for longer, it is necessary to cut the fruit from the stem, and at the stage of full maturity. If you are caught with a broken fruit stalk, they should be prepared in the first place, because in places of fracture will begin the process of decay.

The optimum temperature for storage pumpkin - 8-10 degrees Celsius, at a relative humidity of 70-85%. Very wet and cold storage rooms are unsuitable. If you keep a pumpkin in the basement, then cover it with straw to add a little heat. Stack pumpkin straw strewn on shelves should be a pedicle upwards, thus ensure that the fruits do not touch. If you store fruits in a city apartment, put them in a storage room or under the bed to protect it from sunlight.

For short-term storage (1-2 months), you can use any vegetable varieties mature for longer - table varieties large-fruited pumpkin, because they have the covering fabric is very thick and strong, but in the flesh contains a sufficient amount of dry matter.

The healing properties of pumpkin
Pumpkin seeds are very rich in linoleic, oleic, palmitic and stearic acids, which are part of a fatty oil. Also contains organic acids, phytosterols, resinous substances, carotenoids and vitamins C and B1. The fruit pulp - sugar (11%), carotenoids, niacin, elateritsin and vitamins C, E, B1, and B2, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium and other elements.

Myakost fruit is used as a diuretic, including the same effect has a decoction of the stem of the pumpkin. For people with kidney disease and liver as well as edemas of cardiac and renal origin of the pumpkin is often prescribed diet. Pumpkin is indicated for obesity, when the body is broken salt metabolism, constipation, colitis, inflammation of the colon, anemia, anemia zhelezodifitsitnoy and even insomnia. Comminuted pulp can be applied to wounds and burns - it will have anti-inflammatory and wound-healing effects.

Vitamins and minerals contained in a pumpkin, a beneficial effect on the immune system, help to cope with inflammatory processes have a positive effect on the nervous system, strengthens blood vessels, improves skin and eyes work. For example, vitamin E helps to combat premature aging and zinc salts are very important for the normal development of the body of a strong half of society. Pumpkin seeds help against worms - enough to eat per day about 3 cups of sunflower seeds, so give them a reason kiddies.

 Autumn - time to collect pumpkins
 About pumpkin Say a Word
Since pumpkin lends itself to long-term storage, it has long been used in the economy, so we know a lot of dishes of Russian cuisine and orange vegetables, even though that was the birthplace of pumpkin Central and South America, where it began to grow another 5 thousand years ago. In some Eastern religions pumpkin was considered plants, of which there were gods. Followers of Feng Shui charms are made of pumpkin, which are designed to restore the attraction between the spouses, into harmony the relationship between parents and children and to protect against various diseases. And for his unexplained mystical properties of pumpkin has been recognized as a symbol of celebration of Halloween, because on giving as Halloween pumpkin lights were to drive away evil spirits. Although there is another version that pumpkin lights - this is wandering between heaven and earth spirits.

For example, in Upper Austria (on the border with Germany) 30 September each year celebrating the Day of the pumpkin. In this holiday in the street markets you can try pumpkin soup, pies, schnapps and other dishes. In particular, for the holiday organized an exhibition featuring the skilled crafts pumpkin. Indigenous Austrians believe green pumpkin seed oil is more tasty and healthy than olive.

The first American settlers were very fond of baked pumpkin. They cut off her top, gently cleaned of seeds, filled with milk, honey and various spices, then baked in hot ashes. A pumpkin seeds and to this day, decided to add to the dough for baking bread.

Today, there are about 50 varieties of pumpkins. Dishes from it are very diverse. If you decide to cook pumpkin dessert, try to trim it a little ripe fruit because the smaller the pumpkin, the sweeter it is. To the pumpkin was easy to clean, cut the ends, divide the fruit in half and spoon clean out the seeds, then cut off the thick peel and chop the flesh, as required by the recipe.

Pumpkin - a low-calorie vegetable and well displays the body of toxins, therefore relates to dietary products. In 100 grams of the pulp is only 20 kcal. For dieters, pumpkin, as well as other vegetables must be included in the daily diet. Pumpkin is good for children's nutrition, but the first acquaintance with the baby pumpkin puree to happen no earlier than five months and children with allergies - no earlier than 7-8 months of life. Pumpkin flesh is perfectly combined with meat, with cereals (such as rice or millet), fruit (apples or apricots).

 Autumn - time to collect pumpkins
 Natural cosmetics pumpkin
Pumpkin as a versatile product that has found application in cosmetology. When the fall of many fruits and vegetables begin to disappear from store shelves, kept pace with pumpkin. And when it does not fall (and winter, as well), our skin need nutritional support.

- Moisturizing Mask for dry skin
Ingredients: boiled pumpkin - 2 tbsp. tablespoons olive oil - 1 tbsp. spoon. Both products are well knead and mix the resulting mass apply on face and after 20 minutes rinse with cool water.

- The mask for sensitive skin
Ingredients: pumpkin juice - 2 tbsp. spoons, egg yolk - 1 piece, olive oil - 1 tsp. honey - 1 tsp. and oatmeal. All products are carefully mix, oatmeal added as thickening mass. Apply mask on face and after 15 minutes rinse with warm water.

- Cleansing Mask for oily skin
Whisk the flesh rubbed raw pumpkin with egg white, apply to face and after 10 minutes rinse with cool water.

- Mask to remove age spots and discoloration of freckles
Ingredients: raw pumpkin seeds, water, honey. With seeds remove peel grind them with water to obtain a homogeneous dough, add mortar honey in a ratio of 2: 1. The resulting mask apply on face and remove after 20-30 minutes. Suitable for daily use.

- The mask against wrinkles and loose skin
Option 1. Ingredients: pumpkin flesh - 3 tbsp. spoon starch - 2 tbsp. spoon. Pumpkin grate, mix with starch and apply on face. After 10-15 minutes rinse with acidified water. Option 2: The ingredients: milk, pumpkin, egg yolks - 1 pc., Honey - 1 tsp.. Several small pieces of pumpkin boil the milk to the state of slurry. Take 1 tbsp. a spoonful of the mix, mix with egg yolk, honey and milk. Apply the mask to the face and after 15 minutes rinse with water.

If you do not have time this year to plant and grow a pumpkin, do not worry. Autumn in urban markets and shops you will always find this beauty.
Author: Alesya Marchenko