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Scientific name: Curcubita ficifolia
Cucurbita ficifolia, popularly known as sambo, chilacayote or chiverre, is a climbing species of edible fruit from the cucurbitaceae family. It is the most important species of gourd in the high-altitude regions of the Neotropics, including the seven countries of South America where the Andes range.
In addition to its extensive traditional cultivation area, this species has been dispersed in the last few centuries throughout the high-altitude tropical regions of the world. Its popularity seems to be due to its ease of cultivation in cool regions under extreme conditions of drought or humidity. At low altitudes it can be grown as a rootstock for other cucurbit vines such as melons and cucumbers.
The fruits have similar nutritional qualities or flavor than the other cultivated species of Cucurbita, but they have a very long lifespan due to the properties of their shell. The uses vary in different regions, but it is mainly used as food in the same place where it is grown, in small and sustainable agricultural systems. If not, the fruits are sold in local markets. More commercial uses are found in Ecuador, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia and Argentina, where it is used for candies and sweets and is also cooked in traditional non-sweet dishes. The archaeological record shows that it was extensively used and traded in pre-Inca times in northern Peru. The morphological variation of the species, although comparatively small for a domesticated Cucurbita, is wider in the region from Peru to Colombia, indicating that its potential domestication was in this area.
As in the other cucurbits, the young herbaceous parts and flowers can also be used as a vegetable, its immature fruits can be consumed in a similar way to a zucchini or a zucchini, and its seeds are also edible.
Sambo seeds prevent prostate diseases, they are one of the most important sources of zinc, they also contain vitamins, minerals, fiber and water. It is recommended for people with hypertension and helps regulate serotonin levels.
The seeds contain vitamins A and B, carotenoids, magnesium, manganese, zinc, pectins, cucurbitin, resins, glycosides, unsaturated fatty acids, such as oleic and linoleic
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