General information

Pumpkin belongs to the plant family ‘cucurbitaceae’ which includes many varieties with different shapes and colours and grows like a vine. The plant is native of America and imported into Europe together with potatoes and tomatoes. The oldest evidence of pumpkin-related seeds being found was in Mexico and dated back to between 7000 and 5500 B.C. In America the pumpkin has long been used as a good digestive aid. The first American colonists learnt from the natives to grow pumpkins and then use them as a medicine to cure illnesses.

Health Benefits

Traditionally they are known for their de-worming properties. Pumpkin seeds contain cucurbitina, a substance that helps detach parasites from the intestinal wall, and it seems to have an interesting effect on prostate diseases including tumours. The presence of magnesium, vitamin E, selenium and linoleic acid contributes to improve the muscle tone of the bladder. Their prolonged consumption prevents the problems caused by the enlargement of the prostate that affects men generally when they are older. Less rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids than sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds have a similar composition in vitamins and minerals but a higher protein content. Their use in cooking is similar. The preventive and/or curative dose suggested is two to three spoonfuls a day.


  • Gleisdorfer (Styria - Austria)
  • Dark Green (China)
  • Cucurbita maxima (Italy)




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