Cucurbits (Cucurbitaceae; Cucumis spp., Cucurbita spp., Citrullus spp.)
Widrlechner, M. P.
The Cucurbitaceae is a remarkable plant family, deserving of attention because of its economic, aesthetic, cultural, medicinal, and botanical significance. In the Old and New Worlds, cucurbits have been associated with human nutrition and culture for more than 12,000 years (Brothwell and Brothwell 1969; Lira-Saade 1995). Thus, the Cucurbitaceae, along with the Brassicaceae and Asteraceae, can be considered families of extraordinary importance to humans, and they follow cereals and legumes in their economic significance to human economy (Whitaker and Davis 1962; Nayar and More 1998).
This is a chapter from Genetic Resources, Chromosome Engineering, and Crop Improvement: Vegetable Crops 3 (2007): 271.