Turkish Journal of Agriculture and Forestry




Edible flowers are currently gaining popularity as the majority of the edible flower species have a nutritional profile that meets several dietary demands and the consumption of flowers as part of customary cuisine or alternative alchemy is reported in various cultures around the world. Pumpkin flowers are primarily consumed in some Asian and North American countries like India, China, Bangladesh, and Mexico, respectively. The pumpkin plant has served medicinally worldwide by treating wounds, cardiovascular disease, several types of cancers, gastrointestinal diseases, anemia, urinary tract infections and intestinal parasites, however, its flowers among the same line have also been therapeutically used to treat wounds and male infertility. These therapeutical effects are solely associated with their nutritional and phytochemical configuration. In this aspect, the present review focuses on providing a detailed overview of its morphological, physicochemical, thermal, and therapeutic properties within which, special emphasis is provided towards the mechanism followed by each bioactive component in treating the corresponding disease. The evaluation of therapeutic properties will help in understanding the pumpkin flower's processing requirements. Its functional and nutritional potential can further help develop value-added products and supplements.


Pumpkin flower, nutritional composition, phytochemicals, physicochemical attributes, health, therapeutic applications

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