The pumpkin, a hard shell squash, is native to the Americas. Native Americans, Incas, and the Aztecs used pumpkin for food and medicine. After the arrival of the Conquistadores (Spaniards) during the early 1500s, seeds of the pumpkin were taken back to Europe, and soon the squash was grown worldwide both temperate and hot climates.

The seeds of the pumpkin also known as pepitas, were used medicinally in Native American medicine, primarily for the treatment of bladder, kidney, and digestive problems. Having a sweet and nutty taste, the seeds are greenish in color and flat in shape.

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