Would you believe that an entire book was written on the semiotics of squash and gourds in western literature? The study found that these vegetables have complex associations with sex, life, and death. Hmmm. Doesn’t everything?
Norrman, Ralf, and Jon Haarberg. Nature and Language: A Semiotic Study of Cucurbits in Literature. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1980.