Just makes you go “Wha?”…
So I can understand the idea of the technical challenge. And I can understand the desire to make new improved plants. But… what would possess someone to think of making this:
The plant has been obtained using the original way (which has a world priority) using the action of the preparations of pumpkin and watermelon nucleic acids. Kavbuz combines the features of parental forms, its yield is 20-30% higher, and it has a nice taste. It could be used both as forage and dietary plant, because it contains significant amounts of carotene and more than 15% of sugars (mainly fructose, but also sucrose and glucose), cellulose, pectin, proteins, phytin, phosphorus compounds, enzymes, A, B, C, B2, PP, E vitamins, mineral substances (sodium, calcium, magnesium, ferrum, cobalt).
English is not their first language, and it’s a bit technical… but the bottom line is that it’s a hybrid of a pumpkin and a watermelon…
The author touts it as a great food and with all sorts of advantages.
How did I stumble on this? I was looking at plants that bioaccumulate radioactive isotopes. In among all the other “praise” was this bit (the plant is being named “kavbuz”):
Due to the presence of pectins and other biologically active substances kavbuz and the products of its processing (juice, jam, puree, confiture, dry powder) are the efficient remedy for the removal of heavy metals and radioactive nuclides out of the organism. These products are recommended at general organism exhaustion, for children’s and dietary food, at diabetes, liver, kidneys, cardiovascular and nervous system diseases, dysbolisms (obesity, podagra, hypostasis), sexual disorders, especially impotence and prostate adenoma.
Kavbuz could be used as an efficient radioprotector and antioxidant in case of irradiation, which is important for prevention of Chernobyl accident consequences. Dietary fibers, such as pectin substances and cellulose, are of great importance. 500 g of kavbuz a day provides a half of a daily need in dietary fibers. Biological significance of pectins and dietary fibers on the whole, is provided by their ability to bind radioactive particles and to remove them from the organism. Heavy metals and toxic substances also bind pectin. It has been found that 1 g of pectin is able to bind from 160 to 420 mg of strontium.
Together with “KABOS” firm and Research Institution of Nutrition Hygiene of National Academy of Sciences and Ministry of Health of Ukraine we have worked out the technology of kavbuz puree production for nutrition and recovery of children, especially of Chernobyl accident zone.
So mostly they seem to be saying that using the products will help purge radioactives from a person.
They have several variations, including one that has high oil content in the seeds:
At present a high-oil form of the plant – “Kavbudek” – has been obtained on kavbuz basis, and the amount of oil in kavbudek seeds reaches 45-55%.
It’s fairly well known that pumpkin seeds can get rid of worms, and it looks like this hybrid keeps the “vermifuge” properties:
Ways of use. Kavbuz is used as food and for prophylaxis and treatment of different diseases. Kavbuz seeds, as well as those of ordinary pumpkin, are an efficient vermifuge. They are useful for children, pregnant women, elderly people, when chemical vermifuges are undesirable.
Liver-stone and gall-stone diseases, podagra, prostate tumors, presenilation and sclerosis require the use of the seeds’ oil – 20-30 drops 3 times a day during 1-2 months.
Hypostasis, liver and kidneys diseases, arthritis, intestines atony, presenilation, atherosclerosis, diabetes, eczema and psoriasis require the use of kavbuz fresh pulp or its processing products in unrestricted amounts.
Productivity of domestic animals and poultry at kavbuz feeding increases significantly.
In 2003 the “Zdorovyaga” kavbuz has been registered in the State Register of Kinds of Ukraine.
But I’m still left wondering how much is “sellers puff”….
OTOH, the watermellon evolved in a drought prone place, so a “pumkin like thing” that was more able to handle monsoon followed by drought could be very interesting.
I suspect we’re going to be seeing a whole lot more “cross species” crosses as time goes on in this brave new world of ours….