publication . Report . 2009

Diversity of landraces and wild forms of watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) in southern Africa

Mujaju, Claid;
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  • Published: 25 Nov 2009
  • Country: Sweden
Abstract
The genus Citrullus, belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family. Among the four species in this genus, a single species Citrullus lanatus (Thunberg) Matsum. & Nakai, commonly known as watermelon, is grown throughout the drought-prone southern Africa as a staple food (edible seeds), a dessert food (edible flesh), and for animal feed. The fruit can be eaten fresh or cooked and the seeds can be roasted. Its uses are however, multifaceted and vary depending on the customs of the humans growing this crop. In addition, the fruit can serve as a source of water, especially in deserts or where drinking water is contaminated. Several morphotypes of watermelon are found in southe...
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free text keywords: Horticulture
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