The labels collection: squashes and pumpkins / zucchini / chayote
My collection of squash/pumpkins labels began here in Italy in the early 2000s with a few Italian specimens but what triggered the passion were some mailings by Joan, Ludmila, Bob and others. This opened to me the vast world of American labels that is very well represented for this fruit. As I did for the collection of apples and pears I divided the labels between those that have a producer name and those that have only the name of the cultivar and a few other info. In this case I did not distinguish the individual labels from the series, I put in alphabetical order all those that have a name of a manufacturer or a brand or something similar separating them from those that do not have such a name (among these I also included those of Halloween without a brand). The presentation of the collection in these pages also follows the same criterion; in the menu bar the link Labels A-D...... Labels S-Z refer to the first group while the link Others includes all those without a trademark.
The pages of the labels with a trademark have a box for each name; in the head info on the company and links, when existing, to the institutional site and to those of wikipedia and facebook; it follows the image of one or more labels (with the enlargement at the passage of the mouse) and the characteristics of the labels: material, surface, dimensions and colors and the list of cultivars.
The images of the labels have been reproduced in scale except in a few cases clearly indicated: the dimensions of the very large ones have been reduced to half, while for the very small ones they have been doubled. In the pages of the collection the language used is English, because of the vastness of the material it would have been too difficult to continue with the three languages.
Squash/Pumpkins belong to the Cucurbita genus, for more info see wikipedia articles on Cucurbita, Pumpkin.
The zucchini (/zu?'ki?ni/, American English) or courgette (/k??r'??t/, British English) is a summer squash which can reach nearly 1 metre (100 cm; 39 in) in length, but is usually harvested when still immature at about 15 to 25 cm (6 to 10 in). A zucchini is a thin-skinned cultivar of what in Britain and Ireland is referred to as a marrow. In South Africa, a zucchini is known as a baby marrow. Along with certain other squashes and pumpkins, the zucchini belongs to the species Cucurbita pepo. It can be dark or light green. A related hybrid, the golden zucchini, is a deep yellow or orange color.
The main species are: Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbita moscata, Cucurbita maxima and Cucurbita ficifolia. Here a list of the cultivars of the group Pumpkin and Squash. Another site with a long list of varieties and cultivars of Squash and Pumpkin
Chayote (Sechium edule) also known as mirliton squash is an edible plant belonging to the gourd family Cucurbitaceae. Chayote was one of the several foods introduced to the Old World during the Colombian Exchange. Also during this period, the plant spread from Mexico to other parts of the Americas, ultimately causing it to be integrated into the cuisine of many other Latin American nations.