The big family of cucurbitacea counts nowadays around the world about 120 different genres and more than 800 species. Edible squashes were discovered in Central America, first in Mexico then in South America around 6000 years BC. In the Antique Greec, they were the symbol of fertility, prosperity and good health. They have been introduced in Europe during the XVI century, with Christopher Colombus return.
Since the oldest times, dried gourds marked most of the civilizations. They were used as culinary bowl, for the transport of the water, as piece of art and decoration and also in the manufacturing of musical instruments.