pumpkin – fruit

pumpkinDid you know that a pumpkin is a fruit? Yes, the countless varieties of pumpkins are in the same family as squash, cucumber and melons. Its origin dates back to about 5000 B.C. in North America. Pumpkins are among the most versatile fruits that exist. They have been used to make mats by Native Americans; the shells were dried and then weaved. The shells were dried and used as containers and bowls. Medicinally, they have been used to treat fever, parasites, and kidney problems etc. etc. Long a staple in diets, the flowers seeds and meat are considered delicacies in certain cultures.

We all know about the virtues of pumpkin pies and roasted seeds, but the pumpkin seed oil is the prize for me. Pumpkin seed oil is packed with everything you need for glowing skin.  Pumpkin seed oil contains fatty acids, alpha hydroxy acid, vitamins A, C and E, and zinc. The oil is a powerhouse of anti-aging ingredients that boost collagen production, increase cell renewal that brightens and smooths the skin. Other added benefits include the diminishing of environmental skin damage and reducing break outs.