With Halloween and pumpkin carving fun upon us, many kids are asking if a pumpkin is a fruit or a vegetable. This question sometimes leaves parents stumped and wondering the same thing themselves. It grows on a vine so does that make it a vegetable? It has seeds, does that make it a fruit?
Botanists, the scientists who study plants, say that pumpkins are in fact not a vegetable but a fruit, interestingly a berry. They belong to the Cucurbitaceae family along with cucumbers, melons, squash and guards. The Cucurbita genus includes gourds, winter and summer squash and all the different varieties of pumpkin.
Pumpkins are native to North America and are grown commercially for food consumption as well as decoration and carving. They are a good source of nutrition. Pumpkins are low in calories, fat and sodium while being high in fiber and Vitamins A & B. Pumpkin seeds are nutritious as well being high in protein, iron and Vitamin B.