The species Cucurbita pepo is a cultivated plant of the species Cucurbita pepo ssp. fraterna and another Cucurbita species. It includes varieties of squash, gourd, and pumpkin. It is approved for treatment of prostate disorders in Germany.
The Zuni people have several uses for this plant. It is an ingredient in "schumaakwe cakes" and is used externally for rheumatism and swelling. A poultice of seeds and blossoms is applied to cactus scratches. Fresh squash is cut into spiral strips, folded into hanks and hung up to dry for winter use. The blossoms are cooked in grease and used as a delicacy in combination with other foods. Fresh squash, either whole or in pieces, is roasted in ashes and used for food. The gourds made into cups, ladles and dippers and put to various uses. The gourds are also worn in phallic dances symbolizing fructification or made into ceremonial rattles. Gourds are also made into receptacles for storing precious articles.
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