EN on Foods

October 2001 Issue

Plenty of Nutrients in the Pumpkin Patch

The Folklore: If ever there was a symbol of Halloween, itís the pumpkin. But it wasnít always so. As far back as seventh century Europe, it was smaller gourds, turnips, potatoes and beets that were carved into scary faces to ward off evil spirits and Stingy Jack (of jack-oí-lantern fame), a fabled Irishman destined to roam between heaven and hell for eternity. Only later, when the Irish emigrated to America, close to the pumpkinís native land (Mexico), did it become the preferred canvas for carving.

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