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Con el calorín que hace hoy, ha entrado muy, pero que muy bien... Las cremitas frías son una buena alternativa a las ensaladas, aunque confieso que yo me alimentaría sólo de estas últimas.

SN/NC: Cucurbita Pepo, Syn. Cucurbita Maxima, Cucurbitaceae Family

 

A pumpkin is a cultivar of a squash plant, most commonly of Cucurbita pepo, that is round, with smooth, slightly ribbed skin, and deep yellow to orange coloration. The thick shell contains the seeds and pulp.Some exceptionally large cultivars of squash with similar appearance have also been derived from Cucurbita maxima.

Traditional C. pepo pumpkins generally weigh between 3 and 8 kilograms (6 and 18 lb), though the largest cultivars (of the species C. maxima) regularly reach weights of over 34 kg (75 lb).

The color of pumpkins derives from orange carotenoid pigments, including beta-cryptoxanthin, alpha and beta carotene, all of which are provitamin A compounds converted to vitamin A in the body.

The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon (πέπων), which is Greek for "large melon", something round and large. The French adapted this word to pompon, which the British changed to pumpion and to the later American colonists became known as pumpkin.

Pumpkins are very versatile in their uses for cooking. Most parts of the pumpkin are edible, including the fleshy shell, the seeds, the leaves, and even the flowers. In the United States and Canada, pumpkin is a popular Halloween and Thanksgiving staple. Pumpkin purée is sometimes prepared and frozen for later use.

 

Een pompoen is een cultivar van een squash-plant, meestal van de Cucurbita Pepo, die rond, met gladde, lichtjes geribde huid, en diep geel tot oranje kleur is. De dikke shell bevat de zaden en de pulp. Enkele uitzonderlijk grote cultivars van squash met gelijkaardige verschijning waren ook afgeleid van de maxima van de Cucurbita. Traditionele C. pepo pompoenen in het algemeen wegen tussen de 3 en 8 kilo (6 en 18 lb), hoewel de grootste cultivars (van de soorten C. maxima) regelmatig bereiken gewichten van meer dan 34 kg (75 lb).

 

Abóbora, abóbora-amarela, jerimu e jerimum são as designações comuns do fruto da aboboreira, abobreira ou jerimunzeiro (Cucurbita spp.), planta hortícola da família das cucurbitáceas, tal como a melancia, o melão, o chuchu e o pepino. As espécies mais conhecidas são: Cucurbita moschata, Cucurbita maxima, Cucurbita pepo. Por serem espécies de polinização cruzada, há grande variedade de formas, cores e textura dos frutos, bem como em outras características das plantas. A cultura da abóbora está muito difundida no Brasil e em Portugal. Originária da América, era parte substancial da base da alimentação das civilização Olmeca, que, posteriormente foi absorvida pelas civilizações asteca, inca e maia.

A abóbora é um fruto rico em vitamina A que também fornece vitaminas do complexo B, cálcio e fósforo, possui poucas calorias e é de fácil digestão

 

Cucurbita pepo es el nombre científico de una especie de plantas cucurbitáceas originaria de Mesoamérica y sur de Estados Unidos, que junto con otras especies emparentadas (Cucurbita maxima, C. moschata, C. argyrosperma) forman un grupo de especies de calabazas cuyas variedades cultivadas, de las que se cosecha su fruto maduro o inmaduro, poseen usos culinarios indistinguibles (son los zapallos, calabacines, zapallitos, auyamas, ahuyamas, pipianes, ayotes, etc).

 

Un potiron est un cultivar d'une plante de courge, le plus souvent de Cucurbita pepo, qui est rond, avec la peau lisse, légèrement nervurée, et le jaune profond à la coloration orange. La coque épaisse contient les graines et la pulpe. Quelques cultivars exceptionnellement grands de courges avec l'aspect semblable ont également été dérivés des maxima de Cucurbita.

Les citrouilles traditionnelles de c. pepo pèsent généralement entre 3 et 8 kilogrammes (6 et 18 lb), bien que les plus grands cultivars (de l'espèce C. maxima) atteignent régulièrement des poids de plus de 34 kg (75 lb). Les citrouilles sont très polyvalentes dans leur utilisation pour la cuisson. La plupart des parties de la citrouille sont comestibles, y compris la coquille charnue, les graines, les feuilles, et même les fleurs. Potiron, citrouille et courges sont souvent trompés parce qu'ils sont très semblables et sont tous de la même famille Cucurbitacea.

 

Una zucca è una cultivar di una pianta di zucca, il più delle volte di Cucurbita pepo, che è rotondo, con la pelle liscia, un po' costolata e profondo giallo alla colorazione arancione. Il guscio denso contiene i semi e la polpa. Alcune cultivar eccezionalmente grandi di zucca con l'apparenza simile inoltre sono state derivate dai Maxima di cucurbita. Le zucche tradizionali del c. pepo pesano generalmente fra 3 e 8 chilogrammi (6 e 18 libbre), anche se le più grandi cultivar (della specie C. Maxima) raggiungono regolarmente i pesi di più di 34 chilogrammi (75 lb)

 

Ein Kürbis ist eine Sorte einer Squash-Pflanze, meistens von Cucurbita pepo, die ringsum, mit glatten, leicht Rippen Haut und tief gelb zu Orange Färbung ist. Die dicke Schale enthält die Samen und die Zellstoff. Einige außergewöhnlich große Sorten von Squash mit ähnlicher Erscheinung wurden auch von den Maxima von Cucurbita abgeleitet. Traditionelle c. pepo Kürbis wiegen im Allgemeinen zwischen 3 und 8 Kilogramm (6 und 18 lb), obgleich die größten Sorten (der Spezies c. maxima) regelmäßig Gewichte von mehr als 34 kg (75 lb) erreichen.

 

اليقطين هو المزروعة من نبات الاسكواش ، في معظم الأحيان من الفلفل الحلو ، والتي هي الجولة ، مع الجلد علي نحو سلس ، ومضلع قليلا ، والأصفر العميق للون البرتقال. وتحتوي القذيفة السميكة علي البذور واللب. كما استمدت بعض الأصناف الكبيرة بشكل استثنائي من الاسكواش ذات المظهر المماثل من الحد الأقصى لكوربيبيتا.

وتزن القرع التقليدية التي تتراوح بين 3 و 8 كيلوغرامات (6 و 18 رطلا) بشكل عام ، علي الرغم من ان أكبر الأصناف المستزرعة (من الأنواع جيم-ماكسيما) تصل بانتظام إلى أوزان تزيد علي 34 كيلوغرام (75 رطل).

Macro Mondays #Refreshments

Size of the slice: 3 x 3 cm / 1,18 x 1,18 inches

 

7DWF: Anything Goes

 

For me, there is hardly a more refreshing summertime snack - apart from watermelon cubes - than cucumber slices, slightly peppered, salted, seasoned to your liking - or just plain... or in a salad (and cucumber and watermelon and tomatoes are a great salad team, too!). Especially now, when the small, super tasty, locally grown ones are available. The only one thing I've never done, yet, is to put them on my eyes ;-) Did you know that both melons and cucumbers are curcurbits? They are part of the gourd family, "a plant family consisting of about 965 species in around 95 genera" (Wikipedia). Just like squash, pumpkins, zucchini, even Luffa (or loofah), which is used as a sponge. The Spreewald region in Eastern Germany is

famous for its pickled cucumbers aka gherkins. Last but not least, my paternal grandmother used to make her own pickled cucmbers, they were salty and sour, and I loved them (still do, but they are not as good as the ones my grandmother made).

 

Technicalities: Small slice of cucumber, diameter as stated above, on a scratched glass table, lit from below, camera handheld. The slice was about 7 mm / 0,275591 thick. I used a very bright LED lamp to light it from below, and the distance between table and lamp was really short, so the light was rather glaring. I figured a thicker slice would be better. Processed in my usual order, first enhancements via PS in Viveza which I applied to the slice only: No brightening this time, I even decreased the contrast a little, and enhanced the structure of the slice. Then, in (on?) a new Viveza layer, I increased contrast and structure for the background only, which I've also darkened quite considerably. Next step were "Local Adjustments" in ON1 Photo RAW: I increased the vibrance, details, and added a slight green tinting (as the slice was a little on the yellow side due to the bright backlight) to the slice only. Back to PS, where I added the thin green frame and my signature.

 

I realise that this would have made a nice Star Trek story, too ("Captain, there is an unexplained round object blocking our vessel's path!" "Uhura, get Spock!"), but since I've already stretched your patience with my previous upload...

 

Keep fresh, or cosy, depending on whether it's summer or winter for you right now, dear Flickr friends! A Happy Macro Monday, Everyone!

 

His name is Dragon but... :-)

Borago officinalis (Borragem) - As flores, quando frescas, têm um tom azul e, quando mais velhas, passam para rosadas. As sua pétalas formam uma estrela de cinco pontas e são originárias da Ásia ou do Mediterrâneo. Usadas em saladas, formam um prato multicor e, segundo dizem, com sabor de pepino. Também servem para aromatizar vinagres. Os antigos acreditavam que tinham um efeito mágico sobre o corpo e a mente, tornando o homem alegre e feliz.

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Borago officinalis (Borage) - The flowers when fresh, have a blue tone and, when older, go for pink. The its petals form a five-pointed star and are from Asia or the Mediterranean. Used in salads, form a multicolored plate and, they say, with cucumber flavor. Also serve to flavor vinegars. The ancients believed that they had a magical effect on the body and mind, making merry and happy man.

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pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borragem

 

es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borago_officinalis

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borage

 

fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bourrache_officinale

El Pepino tree frog (Hyloscirtus torrenticola) - Amazonian foothills, Ecuador

 

Hyloscirtus has to be one of my favorite tree frog genera. Colloquially known as torrenteers or sometimes babbling torrenteers, these tree frogs are associated with high quality running water in jungle settings. They have a beautiful call but also a pesky habit of calling from underneath rocks or from within crevices, so while its often relatively easy to hear them it can be insanely annoying and fruitless trying to track one down. For this reason im always happy when I see a new species in the genus. This is a relatively small species that is found across a narrow elevational gradient in on the East slope of the Andes in the Amazonian foothills of Northern Ecuador and Southern Colombia. This was the only adult I saw, and a few fresh metamorphs that had just barely left the water and still had their tail, although hard to tell at that stage I presume they belong to this species as well. This individual had his back foot gnawed off by a predator at some point but it has since healed over and the frog seems to be doing just fine without the back foot.

My Pepino bush is loving these humid days with the growth of large numbers of leaves with plenty of flowers. I must admit to not really liking the fruit! www.sgaonline.org.au/pepino-a-perennial-fruiting-shrub/

Andalusian cold soup (fresh vitamins) for Macro Mondays.

7 cm.

Paseando por el campo, me topé con este tronco teñido en azul turquesa, perfecto para el tema de este mes de la Vuelta al Mundo de Jackie Rueda <3

 

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Macro Mondays

Some cucumbers lit from below

   

SN/NC: Averrhoa carambola, Oxalidaceae Family

 

Known as Star Fruit.Other names: Camerunga, Caramboleira, Caramboleiro. Carambola or starfruit, is the fruit of Averrhoa carambola, a species of tree native to the Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Seychelles. The fruit is popular throughout Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, Micronesia, and parts of East Asia. The tree is also cultivated throughout non-indigenous tropical areas. Careful with carambola if you are a kidney patient. It contains caramboxin, extremely toxic.

 

Bekend als Star Fruit. Andere namen: Camerunga, Caramboleira, Caramboleiro. Carambola of starfruit is de vrucht van Averrhoa carambola, een boomsoort afkomstig uit Indonesië, de Filippijnen, Maleisië, Vietnam, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Mauritius en de Seychellen. De vrucht is populair in heel Zuidoost-Azië, de Stille Zuidzee, Micronesië en delen van Oost-Azië. De boom wordt ook gekweekt in niet-inheemse tropische gebieden. Wees voorzichtig met carambola als u een nierpatiënt bent. Het bevat caramboxine, uiterst giftig.

 

Nombre común o vulgar: Carambola, Carambolo, Carambolos, Tamarindo chino, Tamarindo culí, Árbol del pepino, Carambolera, Carambolero

Familia botánica: Oxalidaceae.

Origen: parece que procede de Malasia (Camboya y Laos), aunque se ha introducido extensamente en regiones tropicales. Los países productores de esta fruta tropical son Malasia, Tailandia, Indonesia y Brasil.

Etimología: el género Averrhoa, al cual pertenece la carambola, debe su nombre al médico y filósofo musulmán Averroes y proviene del Oeste de India y fue rápidamente adoptado como vocablo por los marinos portugueses.

El árbol de la carambola es bastante atractivo y ornamental y alcanza una altura media de 10 metros.

Aunque no parezca, la carambola también puede ser peligrosa a personas con problemas de riñones pues contiene una sustancia llamada caramboxina que es extremamente tóxica y puede llevar a la muerte.

 

A carabola se originou na Ásia, alguns dizem no Sri-Lanka. Hoje é muito comercializada nos EUA e Europa. É muito popular o suco e as geléias que se fazem dela. Muito difundida na América do Sul especialmente no Brasil e Colombia. Cuidado também com a toxicidade da substância caramboxina que pode ser fatal para pessoas com problemas nos rins. O nome foi consagrado por marinheiros portugueses em suas incursões pela Ásia nas épocas das Grandes Descobertas.

aquellas emociones que no se pueden describir.

Algo fresco para estos calurosos días

Better in L

 

NO BANNERS, please!

Erwin Wurm (* 1954) es el maestro del humor extraño y enigmático. "La fascinación por la variedad de formas que no se puede agotar, porque ninguna de las otras es igual, eso tiene algo", dice Erwin Wurm. "Cada pepino es individualmente diferente, pero inmediatamente reconocible como un pepino y un conjunto atribuible... similar a las personas" Las formas son tan diferentes como los pepinos y las personas son: grandes y pequeños, gruesos y delgados, ásperos y lisos, estrechos y en cuclillas. Al ampliar sus pepinos a las dimensiones humanas y aparentemente cultivarlos directamente del asfalto, Wurm los representa como seres de valor individual. La interpretación deja al artista abierto. Se mueve entre la ironía crítica y un guiño humorístico: ¿no somos todos un gurker?

Todos los derechos reservados al propietario. Alcorcón 2017

Canon EOS 300D - f/5.6 - 1/8sec - 100mm - ISO 100

 

- Cucumis metuliferus, horned melon or kiwano, also African horned cucumber/melon, jelly melon, hedged gourd, melano, in the southeastern United States, blowfish fruit, is an annual vine in the cucumber and melon family, Cucurbitaceae.

 

Its fruit has horn-like spines, hence the name "horned melon". Ripe fruit has yellow-orange skin and lime green, jelly-like flesh with a tart taste, and texture similar to a cucumber.

C. metuliferus is native to Sub-Saharan Africa. It is now grown in California, Mississippi, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand.

 

C. metuliferus is a traditional food plant in Africa. It is one of the few sources of water during the dry season in the Kalahari Desert.

It can be eaten at any stage of ripening, but when overripened, will burst forcefully to release seeds.

 

The fruit's taste has been compared to a combination of cucumber and zucchini or a combination of banana, cucumber and lemon.

The fruit can be used in cooking, but when eaten raw, most suck out the pulp and spit out the seeds.

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