Cucurbita pepo

cucurbita-pepo.pngCucurbita pepo ou Cucurbita maxima


Common names: Squash, pumpkin, pumpkin

Goun and Fon: Kpen; okpé, Ayikpen.


The seeds fight tapeworms and the fruits treat hydrocele.


They are annuals with climbing and creeping stems. The leaves are lobed. Large, isolated yellow flowers appear along the stem. The fruits are globular berries containing numerous flattened whitish seeds with a marginal bulge.

Direction of use


30-40 grams of seeds for children, 50-60 grams for an adult are pounded and mixed with honey or water and swallowed. A purgative should be administered 4 to 5 hours after ingestion.


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