Is a Pumpkin a Fruit?


Quick Answer

The pumpkin is a berry, and it therefore is a fruit. Pumpkins are in the Cucurbitaceae family, which includes summer squash, winter squash, melons, cucumbers and gourds.

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Pumpkins have thick outer rinds and contain pulp and seeds inside. They are typically orange but can also be yellow, white, green or red. The average pumpkin weighs 13 pounds and is round. Giant pumpkins are grown for competition; some weigh over 1,000 pounds.

Bees transfer pollen to and from pumpkin flowers, allowing the plants to reproduce. Over 1 billion pounds of pumpkins are grown in the United States every year. Pumpkins are cooked many different ways. Roasted pumpkin seeds and pumpkin pie are popular ways to consume pumpkins in the United States.

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