Summer squash and bush pumpkin - Marina Potanina
Summer squash and bush pumpkin
Vegetables and flower
The illustration shows two sorts of pumpkin: Summer Squash (Cucurbita pepo var. Giromontina) and Bush Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo L.). The veggies are gathered when their young fruits are 20-25 cm long. Through the hand-glass we can see large lush stem carrying the fruit. Their yellow flowers are heterothallic and large. Male flowers bloom in bunches and female ones, shown in the picture, locate singly.
Originated in South America these squashes came to Europe in the XVII century. First the exotic plants were grown in botanical garden as decorative flowers. Italian brave cooks were the first to risk and use the unknown plant in their dishes, and in the end of the XIX century squashes came to Russia. They are the most popular vegetables in Russian vegetable garden, included Siberian region.
Watercolour on watercolour paper