Written by Administrator Wednesday, 30 June 2010 07:41
One stellar representative of the Cucurbitaceae family (the family of gourds, squashes, cucumbers, melons, and watermelons that we introduced last week) is the humble cucumber, the second most consumed cucurbit after watermelon.
Written by Administrator Wednesday, 30 June 2010 07:38
Shall we shorten that to cucurbits? It’s a good word to keep in mind the next time you play Scrabble!
A large family of gourds, many members of the Cucurbitaceae family are familiar to us: cucumber (Cucumis sativus), muskmelon (Cucumis melo), watermelon (Citrullis lanatus), pumpkin and squash (both from genus Cucurbita). They are a ground-hugging bunch, having in common the fact that they usually grow on annual vines, have both male and female flowers, spring-like tendrils, large fleshy fruit with a hard outer covering, and seeds that are fairly large and flat.