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Vegetables I pp 317-349 | Cite as

Pumpkin and Winter Squash

  • María Ferriol
  • Belén Picó
Part of the Handbook of Plant Breeding book series (HBPB, volume 1)

The common terms “pumpkin”, “squash”, “gourd”, “cushaw”, “ayote”, “zapallo”, “calabaza”, etc. are often applied indiscriminately to different cultivated species of the New World genus Cucurbita L. (Cucurbitaceae): C. pepo L., C. maxima Duchesne, C. moschata Duchesne, C. argyrosperma C. Huber and C. ficifolia Bouché. These species are mainly grown for their fruits (botanically a pepo) which are a significant source of carbohydrates and vitamins (Whitaker and Davis, 1962). The fruits can be picked either when immature or fully mature, and this type of use conditions the culture techniques, cultivar selection and breeding objectives.

Keywords

Commercial Cultivar Cucurbita Pepo Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus Pumpkin Seed Cucurbita Maximum 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • María Ferriol
    • 1
  • Belén Picó
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Mediterranean AgroforestryUniversidad Politécnica de ValenciaValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Institute of Conservation and Improvement of AgrodiversityUniversidad Politécnica de ValenciaValenciaSpain

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