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					               The                BUZZ                       on Nutrition & Health
                                          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
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           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
(    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.

(    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
                                                                                                         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:               Source:

                                                                              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!
                                                                 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

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
                                                                                 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.

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