Is Pumpkin a Fruit or a Vegetable?

You’ve probably heard that pumpkins are technically fruits even though they taste like vegetables. But which label is accurate? We’re here to answer this age-old question.

Is Pumpkin a Fruit  or a Vegetable?

Pumpkin is technically a fruit because it develops from a flower and bares seed.

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They're Also Berries

A berry is any fruit without a pit that forms from a single flower with a single ovary. Grapes, blueberries, tomatoes, and squashes are all true berries. 

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So What's a Vegetable?

The term “vegetable” doesn't exist in botany. It comes from the culinary world and refers to plants with low sugar content that are used in savory dishes.

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Is a Pumpkin a Starch?

Compared to a true starch like potatoes, pumpkin has quite a bit less starch. The best category for pumpkin would be among squashes in the cucurbit group. 


Health Benefits of Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a great source of fiber and are loaded with beta carotene. This antioxidant helps support immune health, eye health, and reproductive health.

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