They are a member of the gourd family
and have been cultivated for about 9,000 years in different parts of the world.
Both melons belong to the Cucurbitaceae or gourd family
, which also includes pumpkins and cucumbers.
The plant, the only endemic British member of the gourd family
which includes marrows and melons, is poisonous.
Pumpkins belong to the gourd family
and are close cousins of melons and cucumbers.
Many fruits of the gourd family
are ready for seed harvest when they are ripe.