Cucurbita (Latin for gourd) is a genus of vines in the gourd family,
native to the Andes and Mesoamerica. Five species are grown worldwide,
variously known as squash, pumpkin, or gourd depending on species,
variety, and local parlance. The fruits have played a role in human
culture for at least 2,000 years. First cultivated in the Americas
before being brought to Europe by returning explorers, the plants remain
an important food source. Most Cucurbita species are herbaceous vines
that grow several meters in length and have tendrils, but bush cultivars
of C. pepo and C. maxima have also been developed. Many North and
Central American species are visited by honey bees, as well as
specialist bees that pollinate only a single species. Most of the
domesticated species can be considered winter squash, since the full-
grown fruits can be stored for months. Their extracts have many uses,
including in cosmetics for dry and sensitive skin. The fruits are also
good sources of vitamins and minerals in foods such as pumpkin pie,
biscuits, bread, desserts, puddings, beverages, and soups.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cucurbita>
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