Event Announcement: AFAM – October 2008

A Fruit A Month (AFAM) was started by dear Maheswari to appreciate the goodness of fruits. Every month a different fruit is chosen by the blogger who is hosting the event. This month I have got the golden opportunity of showcasing a vibrant colored fruit. Inspired by my friend DK (for those who don’t know her, she is the “Riddle Queen”), I have come up with a riddle for others to identify the fruit. This is my first ever riddle and I have to agree it’s not as good as her’s.

I’m orange in color
Relative to zucchini and cucumber.
I also come in red, blue and green
I’m full of lutein and alpha-beta carotene.
Rich in Vitamin A, I have no cholesterol
So good for you and I’ll come in the Fall.
I’m famous for soups and a mathematical calculation
I’m not stating the obvious just for a reason.

Yes, Pumpkin is a fruit, botanically speaking. It is the fruit of the species Cucurbita pepo or Cucurbita mixta.

Pumpkin is loaded with Vitamin A and antioxidant carotenoids. Carotenes are the source of the brilliant red, yellow and orange colors found in many fruits and vegetables. 1 cup of canned pumpkin has 11.7mg alpha carotene and 17.0mg beta carotene. These carotenes are converted by the body to Vitamin A, which is necessary for normal growth and development, a robust immune system and good vision. Also studies suggest that eating foods with high amounts of carotenes helps ward off the development of certain cancers, macular degeneration, and cataracts, among other diseases. Pumpkin is also a good source of vitamins, C, K and E and lots of minerals, including magnesium, potassium and iron.

Pumpkin Seeds (called Pepitas) are also worth latching on. It is a great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and protein. It’s also loaded with minerals and also seem to have anti-inflammatory effect. A quarter cup of seeds has 5gms of effective carbohydrates and 1.5gm fiber.

Now that we know how healthy pumpkins are, shall we welcome this beautiful Fall cooking with this wonderful fruit?

Rules of the event:

1. Prepare a vegetarian dish (of course it must be eggless!) using pumpkin (fresh or canned) or pumpkin seeds or any edible part of pumpkin. Post the recipe with a picture in your blog, in the month of October. You may also add any other facts/tips about pumpkin, which you would like to share with the rest of us.

2. Link it to this post as well as Maheswari’s blog.

3. You are welcome to submit more than one entry.

4. Send in your entries by Oct 31st with the following details to afam(at)egglesscooking(dot)com:

  • Your Name
  • Your Blog
  • Name of the Recipe
  • Recipe URL
  • Picture of the dish URL(150w x 100h pixel)
  • 5. Non-bloggers welcome as well. Send your recipe and a picture if possible to the above email ID.

    Let’s begin the Pumpkinfest!

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    2. K

      Hi Madhuram, Liked that riddle. I have something for the event. Will mail it soon:)

      Hi K, I think you have missed the date. It’s a very old event.

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    5. Uma Maheswari

      Hey hi..

      Nice event, thanks to divya u told me abt it..

      My entry will reach u soon…

      We make lot of stuff using pumpkin..for this diwali I made White Pumpkin Halwa…is this a vaild entry

      Uma Maheswari

    6. Lakshmi Venkatesh

      Right choice for this season. Just now sent you my entry.

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    8. PG

      have sent you my entry! Thanks for reminding me. I actually ksaw it, but afer I had posted that recipe. 🙂 Will update there as well soon. thanks!

    9. Aparna

      Just sent you my entry.

    10. Vidhya

      healthy contest. i have one recipe to post.

    11. DK

      Hey Madhu! Thats a cool Riddle girl 🙂 Loved it- so this was the one you were earlier talking about doing! figures 🙂

      Thank you for your sweet title..I am back – with an entry for you 🙂 will mail u soon :0


      Thanks DK. Hope that everythings back to normal!

    12. viji

      Hi i’m viji, i send my pumkin recipe to this even.When exploring it happened to visit urs. fortunetly i made pumpkin recipe also & we do many dishes using this pumpkin. I’m happy to send.

    13. Vidhya


      I ahve a receipe made out of squash. i will post it.

    14. Maheswari

      Madhu..perfect choice for the season.Hope to participate this time..now a daon’t get enough time as little one is crawling all over the house and busy with ram’s school etc.I have so many dishes in draft, planning to post atleast 1 in a week.Let see… 🙄 🙄

    15. jayasree

      Lovely way of introducing the fruit. Nice choice. Count me in.

    16. yasmeen

      Pumpkin are in abundance in this season, I’ve a tasty bake recipe made with pumpkins. Will send you soon:)

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    18. Hetal

      Hey u did a nice job with the riddle…and nice theme.

    19. Cham

      Pumpkin is everywhere 🙂 Good choice 🙂

    20. Vaishali

      Madhuram, lovely event. Since pumpkin happens to be a great favorite in our house, will definitely try and send you something.

    21. Srivalli

      Thats lovely madhu…nice riddle…agree Dhivi is a riddle queen..but you are no less too… 😛 ..nice choice..let me see what I can come up with!

    22. sushma

      :mrgreen: That a very nice information and i never thought or knew that pumpkin is a fruit. nice choice.

    23. nidhi

      I have never cooked a pumpkin in my life 😳

      Will be looking forward for the roundup…will then have lots of pumpkin recipes to choose from 😀

    24. krystyna

      Pumpkin is for me a new fruit, in my country I didn’t eat pumpkin.
      I like all kind of fruits so this is very needful post for me. Thanks!
      My last post is about fruits too.

      My best wishes to you!

    25. Uma

      Pumpkin is a great choice. Will send something.

    26. DivyA Vikram

      I missed seeing that madhu.Great choice for the event

    27. sangeeth

      Madhu, a perfect choice of fruit…being Halloween month its really wise to have pumpkin for this event 🙂 and really a nice way of introducing the fruit…DK will be proud of u girl!

    28. Divya

      Spelled my name wrongly! Thatz what pumpkin does to me!

    29. Diya

      Will surely try to cook up something with pumpkin.

    30. Happy Cook

      I am sure it is a pumpkin

    31. Meera

      Pumpkin!! Great choice. Will surely participate.

    32. Pallavi

      Nice one.. Will come up with something 🙂

    33. DivyA Vikram

      Its pumpkin rite?

      Yes Divya, click there for further details of the event.