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Cucurbita (Latin for gourd) is a genus in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae native to and originally cultivated in the Andes and Mesoamerica. The Cucurbita genus is an important source of human food and is used for other purposes such as beverages, medicine, oil, and detergent. Some Cucurbita species were brought to Europe after the discovery of America and are now used in many parts of the world. The plants, referred to as squash, pumpkin or gourd depending on species, variety and local parlance, are grown for their edible fruits and seeds. There are two types of flowers on a plant, the female flowers that produce the fruit, and the male flowers that produce pollen.

The Cucurbita genus is an important source of human food and the fruits are good sources of several nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, dietary fiber, niacin, folic acid, and iron. In addition they are free of fat and cholesterol. The plants also contain the toxins cucurmosin and cucurbitacin. Medical uses of the plant include treating skin conditions and improving visual acuity.

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Blue Hubbard Winter Squash
(Cucurbita maxima) Blue Hubbard is a huge, teardrop shaped winter squash that grows on sprawling vin..
Cocozelle Summer Squash
(Cucurbita pepo) Cocozelle is a wonderful Italian heirloom with long, dark green, lightly striped zu..
Dark Green Zucchini
(Cucurbita pepo) An early zucchini with high yields of straight, tender, dark green fruits. ..
Delicata Winter Squash
(Cucurbita pepo) Delicate, sweet and creamy with a high sugar content. Finely textured light orange ..
Early Golden Crookneck Summer Squash
(Cucurbita pepo) Golden Crookneck is one of the oldest heirloom squash. This early variety is a..
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Jack Be Little Pumpkin
(Cucurbita pepo) These adorable little pumpkins are big fun for kids! Bright orange, miniature ..
Ronde de Nice Summer Squash
(Cucurbita pepo) A wonderful heirloom from the south of France. This round, green zucchini is very t..
Small Sugar Pie Pumpkin
(Cucurbita pepo) Sugar Pie makes one of the finest pie pumpkins. Also great for soups, muffins,..
Table Queen Acorn Winter Squash
(Cucurbita pepo)  Table Queen is early maturing and makes an excellent choice for short seasons..
Tatume Summer Squash
(Cucurbita pepo) Tatume is an amazing, rare summer squash that has been a long-time favorite in..
Vegetable Spaghetti Winter Squash
(Cucurbita pepo) A popular winter vining squash that gets it name from the cooked flesh that falls a..
Waltham Butternut Winter Squash
(Cucurbita moschata) A delicious classic. Waltham Butternut is a prolific winter squash that&rs..
Yellow Scallop Patty Pan Bush Summer Squash
(Cucurbita pepo) Yellow scallop, also known as patty pan squash, is a flavorful, mellow squash that&..
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