Food as Medicine Update: Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbitaceae)

Pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo) are an economically important fruit native to Central America and belong to the Cucurbitaceae family. This family consists of approximately 1,000 species of which 23 are cultivated in warm and temperate climates worldwide.1,2 In addition to pumpkins, other familiar cucurbits (species in Cucurbitaceae) include squashes, melons, and gourds.3,4 Cucurbita pepo as a species includes many … Continue reading Food as Medicine Update: Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbitaceae)

What Is Zucchini Good For?

Zesty Zucchini Botanical Name: Cucurbita pepo For many people, summertime is simply incomplete without serving a delicious array of scrumptious green vegetables. But here’s an idea: why not take a break from the usual leafy green salads, and  dig into a plateful of succulent zucchini instead? A member of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae), zucchini is … Continue reading What Is Zucchini Good For?

Food as Medicine: Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbitaceae)

History and Traditional Use Range and Habitat Cucurbita pepo is a species in the gourd family which includes many varieties of winter squash and summer squash. Any round and orange fruit yielded by any variety or cultivar (there are many cultivars) of the species is usually called a pumpkin, even though the word has no … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbitaceae)