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Published in Scientific Papers. Series B, Horticulture, Vol. LXIV, Issue 1
Written by Dimka HAYTOVA, Petya IVANOVA, Nadejda PETKOVA, Nikolay PANAYOTOV

Among the plant species of the diverse genus Cucurbita L., C. maxima Duchesne and C. moschata Duchesne have the greatest agro-economic importance. Both species are cultivated for food, feed and ornamentation, widely distributed in the world and known for their high biological and nutritional value. The main aim of this study was to assess two types of pumpkins (C. maxima and C. moschata) in terms of the traits of agronomic importance with the emphasis on basic fruit flesh quality parameters. The following traits of agronomic importance were analyzed: total yield (kg/da), fruit weight (kg), an thesis day and length of main stem; whereas the chemical analyses of fruit flesh included the content of dry weight (%), ash content (%), sugars (mg/g fresh weight), and carotenoids (mg/kg fresh weight) and pH.

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