Are Pumpkins Fruit or Vegetable?

Are Pumpkins Fruit or Vegetable?

Are Pumpkins Fruit or Vegetable?

My son has officially entered the stage of asking hard hitting questions.

Amidst pondering questions of the universe such as “How did God make the Earth?” and  “Why do guys have chest hair?” he asked a a boggling question the other day that I had to go a little research on.

“Is a pumpkin a fruit or a vegetable?”

“…Well, what do you think?” I replied and it bought me just enough time to run it through Google.

Thank you, Google, for letting me know I’m not the only one asking these crazy questions. :)

The Answer

A Fruit!

Here’s why…

Pumpkins are a part of the plant that develop from a flower. They’re a type squash with a hard outer shell and a soft squishy inside called an endosperm – a distinct trait of fruit.

Other Useless (but interesting) Pumpkin Trivia

  • Pumpkins are Native to North America and have been grown here for five thousand years.
  • Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.
  • Antarctica is the only continent pumpkins can’t grown in.
  • Pumpkins are not just orange, you can find pumpkins that are green, yellow, red, white, blue, even tan.
  • The world’s biggest pumpkin: Ron Wallace from Greene, RI, has grown a pumpkin that weighed a whopping 2,009 pounds, making it not only the largest pumpkin in history, but also the largest fruit ever grown in the world!
  • A munchkin is really a variety of pumpkin.
  • Pumpkins are 90% water.
  • One cup of pumpkin puree has zero cholesterol.
  • Pumpkins are low in calories, fat, and sodium and high in fiber. They are good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein, and iron.

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