The pumpkin seed is valued in relation to its nutritional points. Pumpkin seed oil is rich in antioxidants and beneficial as nutritional supplements such as essential fatty acids including linoleic and linolenic, carotenes, lutein, gamma and P-tocopherols, phytoserols, chlorophyll, selenium and zinc. The seeds are nutrient-rich, with especially high content of protein, dietary fiber and numerous micronutrients. And excellent source of protein, dietary fiber, niacin, iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus. The seeds are a good source of riboflavin, folate, pantothenic acid, sodium and potassium.
The word pumpkin comes from the Greek pepon for a large melon. The English named it pumpion or pompion, a term which dates back to 1547. Pumpkins are now grown all over the world with Antarctica being the sole exception. Cultivated Pumpkins are believed to have originated in Central America and seeds from related plants found in Mexico date back to 5500 B.C.