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History of Pumpkin
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Pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata) is a popular vegetable of Kerala. It is a rich source of potassium and Vitamin A. The bright orange color of pumpkin is an indication of an important antioxidant, beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is the precursor of vitamin A in the body, which performs many important functions in overall health. The name pumpkin is originated from "pepon" – the Greek word for "large melon." Central America is the centre of origin of pumpkin.

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