The BUZZ on Nutrition & Health A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS FOCUSING ON IMPORTANT HEALTH & WELLNESS INFORMATION A Message from Your Extension Agent Hi ya’ll! October is such a goulish month...Halloween will soon be upon us. Trick or Treating with your friends can be a fun time, but remember to play it safe. Treats will be handed out to you, but carefully choose what to eat. HAPPY HALLOWEEN...BE SAFE! Remember, if you have any questions, please call me at 467-6575. Grace Guerra-Gonzalez Your Newsletter is Online ! Visit our Extension homepage: http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu/. Scroll down the left-hand column to “Cooperative Extension Program ” then look for “THE BUZZ...” link on the right. And hey, it’s in color! HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS changed “pumpion” into “pumpkin.” The pumpkin is referred to in the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater and FOR TRICK OR TREATING Cinderellla. Trick or Treating should be one of the great adventures of Halloween for kids! They an get dressed in scary costumes and go Native Americans dried strips of pumpkin and wove them into door to door, begging “Tricks or Treats” from neighbors or at the mats. They also roasted long strips of pumpkin on the open fire local mall. It should be a fun time, without trouble and pain, so and ate them. The origin of pumpkin pie occurred when the following some easy tips can keep you safe every Halloween. colonist sliced off the pumpkin top, removed the seeds, and filled the insides with milk and spices, and honey. The pumpkin was then ( Children should go out during daylight hours only, unless baked in hot ashes. accompanied by a responsible adult. Pumpkin Fun Facts ( Plan a safe route so that your parents know where kids will be • Pumpkin seeds can be roasted as a snack. at all times. Set a time to return home. • Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A. ( Do not cut through back alleys and fields. Make sure to stay • Pumpkins are used for feed for animals. in populated places and don’t go off the beaten track. Stay • Pumpkin flowers are edible. in well lighted areas. • Pumpkins are used to make soups, pies and breads. • In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient ( Stop only at familiar houses in your own neighborhood unless for the crust of pies, not the filling. you are accompanied by an adult. • Pumpkins range in size from less than a pound to over 1,000 pounds. ( Small children should never be allowed to go out alone on • The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds. Halloween. Make sure an older sibling or adult is with • The name, pumpkin originated for “pepon” – the greek work them. for “large melon.” • Pumpkins are fruit. ( Do not any treats until you bring them home to be • Eighty percdent of the pumpkin supply in the United States examined by your parents. is available in October. • Native Americans used pumpkin seeds for food and ( Never go into the home of a stranger or get into their medicine. car. ( Carry a flashlight, glow stick or place reflective tape on your costume to make it more visible to cars. ( Stay together as a group if you are going out to Trick or Treat without an adult. The BUZZ on Nutrition & Health October 2005- Issue #30 Grace Guerra-Gonzalez, Extension Agent Cooperative Extension Program-PVAMU Fruit of the Month: Pumpkin 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 212 http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/pumpkins/history.html San Antonio, Texas 78230 The Cooperative Extension program serves people of all ages regardless of race, color, national A Little History origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability, political beliefs, marital or family status. (Not all References to pumpkins date back many centuries. The name classes apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact Grace pumpkin originated from the Greek word for “large melon” which is Guerra-Gonzalez at (210) 467-6575. “Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension Work, Act “pepon.” “Pepon” was nasalized by the French into “pompon.” The of September 29, 1977, in cooperation with the “U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Texas English changed “pompon” to “Pumpion.” Shakespeare referred to Cooperative Extension.” Linda Willis, Administrator-Cooperative Extension Program, Prairie View A&M University. the “pumpion” in his Merry Wives of Windsor. American colonists Pumpkin Carving 101 Recipe of the Month Source: http://www.pumpkincarving101.com Source: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/foodforthought Quick Pumpkin Cupcakes The History of Pumpkin Carving 1 box regular yellow or vanilla cake mix, 2-layer size Without a doubt the most recognizable symbol of Halloween 2 eggs is a pumpkin carved into a jack-o-lantern. To understand the 1 Tablespoon oil origins of how pumpkin carving began and what it really 2/3 cup canned pumpkin means, we must first take a look at the holiday itself. How 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice long has Halloween been around? Have there always been 1 cup water or apple juice pumpkins carved? Here are some answers! Decorations: Canned low-fat vanilla frosting For most of the general population, it is known as Halloween Candy corn and is a night for dressing up, telling ghost stories, having Black or orange jelly beans spooky parties, trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving. What Black licorice most people don’t know is that Halloween is actually based on a ancient Celtic holiday known as Samhain (pronounced Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray each muffin cup with “sowwan”), which means “summer’s end.” nonstick cooking spray or use paper cupcake liners. Blend the cake mix with the eggs, oil, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, an the It was the end of the Celtic year, starting at sundown on water or juice with mixer at low speed until moistened. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Spoon into the prepared October 31st and going through to sundown November 1st. It muffin pan. Bake 18 minutes or until done. Cool in pan was a night to honor loved ones that had passed on since the completely before frosting. Kids will love to decorate these veil between their realm and ours is at it’s thinnest on that cupcakes. Makes about 18 cupcakes. night. In the Mexican culture, it is also known as “Dia Los Muertos.” Celebrated for centuries by the Celts of old, Witches and many other nature based religions, it is the most magical night of the year. It is the Witches’ New Year, and the Last Harvest. Although the religious significance of it has passed for the general public, Halloween is a “magical” night for all! On this magical night, glowing jack-o-lanterns, carved from turnips or gourds, were set on porches and in windows to welcome deceased loved ones, but also to act as protection against malevolent spirits. Burning lumps of coals were used inside as a source of light, later to be replaced by candles. When European settlers, particularly the Irish, arrived in Happy Halloween America, they found the native pumpkin to be larger, easier to carve and seemed the perfect choice for jack-o-lanterns. Halloween didn’t really catch on big in this country until the late 1800's and has been celebrated in so many ways ever since! The BUZZ on Nutrition & Health Did you know that pumpkins are not a vegetable! They are a October 2005 - Issue No 30 Grace Guerra - Gonzalez, Extension Agent fruit! Pumpkins, like gourds, and other varieties of squash, Cooperative Extension Program - PVAMU are all members of the Cucurbitacae family, which also 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 212 San Antonio, Texas 78230 includes cucumbers, gherkins, and melons.