Musque de Provence
This is the fruit obtained from the pumpkin or Curcubita plant and it belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family. Its shapes and sizes are very varied. In Spain squashes with skin that shows orange or greenish tones are very characteristic. The flesh is orange or yellow, compact or firm in texture and with a slightly insipid flavour but with certain sweet-fruity nuances. Its main varieties are the summer variety, which has fine skin and is harvested during this season, its growth is very rapid and it can bear fruits in barely two months; and the winter variety, which includes the majority of the ornamental quashes, harvested mainly from autumn until the end of winter.
It has a high content in beta-carotenes, a substance that is transformed in the body to Vitamin A or retinol; this latter is essential for the eyesight and the skin, and strengthens the defence system. It also contains Vitamin C.
It also notable for its high potassium content and its low sodium content, owing to which its consumption is beneficial in relationship with high blood pressure and other diseases such as arterial thrombosis.
It contains a good quantity of fibre, which improves intestinal transit, preventing constipation.
It can be served boiled, breaded, fried, stuffed or accompanied by any other vegetable.