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Is a pumpkin a vegetable or a fruit

Kyle 2012/10/06 23:26:48
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  • baxter 2012/10/10 13:23:55
    vegetable
    baxter
    Vegetable
  • Black_Rose 2012/10/08 20:12:31
    fruit
    Black_Rose
    Pumpkin is the fruit of the species Cucurbita pepo or Cucurbita mixta
  • Dzeeng 2012/10/08 07:20:30 (edited)
    fruit
    Dzeeng
    Sweetness
  • ajracestables1 2012/10/08 03:29:27
    vegetable
    ajracestables1
    It is a squash.
  • Kaye 2012/10/08 03:08:49
    fruit
    Kaye
    It is a gourd-like fruit,so i was wrong.!st time ever.Ha!
  • Kaye Kaye 2012/10/08 03:10:19
    Kaye
    I looked in the dictionary.It is a fruit
  • marty 2012/10/08 02:30:54
    vegetable
    marty
    It's a squash.
  • Mark 2012/10/07 22:13:07
    vegetable
    Mark
    Definitely a fruit, (bloody jumping sodahead buttons)
  • Rukasaki ~~ Hawkshadow 2012/10/07 20:46:14
    fruit
    Rukasaki ~~ Hawkshadow
    it has seeds and is not an actual part of the plant itself (ex. a carrot is the root, spinich is the leaves, etc) it is a reproductive "organ" like an apple
  • dennis m 2012/10/07 19:10:41
    fruit
    dennis m
    i believe its a fruit, it does have a ton of seeds inside
  • wildcat 2012/10/07 17:26:37
    fruit
    wildcat
    +1
    In botany, a fruit is the ripened ovary, together with its seeds, of a flowering plant.
    Vegetable is a nutritional and culinary term denoting any part of a plant that is commonly consumed by humans as food, but is not regarded as a culinary fruit, nut, herb, spice, or grain.

    Which suggests that "vegetable" is really a catch-all term for anything which doesn't fit neatly into any other category.
  • stevmackey 2012/10/07 17:16:22
    fruit
    stevmackey
    +1
    Of the gourd family.
  • Marianne 2012/10/07 15:40:13
    fruit
    Marianne
    But like a series of other fruits, like tomatoes, cucumbers, chili peppers, beans, aubergines, etc., it suits better vegetable dishes.
  • Kaye Marianne 2012/10/08 03:21:10
    Kaye
    chili peppers and aubergines are from the night shade group,and beans are legumes which are vegetables,tomatoes and cucumbers are fruit
  • Marianne Kaye 2012/10/08 05:29:40
    Marianne
    You might have misunderstood me, and I did not specify the botanical species but a few examples and their use (fruits which are rather used for dishes with vegetables) - sorry, I did not take enough time for details.

    There are indeed discussions about what to consider a fruit and what to consider a vegetable if talking about cooking. I am referring therefore to the biological definitions.

    Plants, i.e. plant groups:
    night shade groups: potatoes, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, tamarios, pepinos, pimentos, paprika, and cayenne peppers, ... (Solanaceae)

    leguminous groups: namely bean and pea plants, ... (Fabaceae)

    cucumbers, pumpkins, etc.: gourd family (Cucurbitaceae)

    Citing the meaning of fruit: In botany, a fruit is a part of a flowering plant that derives from specific tissues of the flower, mainly one or more ovaries.

    There are different interpretations of the word "vegetables"; the biological meaning is (citing): A vegetable is an edible plant or part of a plant, but usually excludes seeds and most sweet fruit. This typically means the leaf, stem, or root of a plant.

    I hope that this time you will find my definitions correct.
  • bettyboop 2012/10/07 14:58:06
    vegetable
    bettyboop
    The pumpkin is called the fruit of the vine, but to me it is a vegetable. Why might you ask? Because when you pick it, it is not sweet.
    giant pumpkin
  • terrabytes 2012/10/07 14:54:07
    vegetable
    terrabytes
    +1
    I call it a vegetable, but it is actually a dessert lol pumpkin pie
  • Zammo 2012/10/07 14:38:47
    vegetable
    Zammo
    Both
  • ♚Littlɘ Ǫuɘɘn~Phaet's Own 2012/10/07 14:05:54 (edited)
    fruit
    ♚Littlɘ Ǫuɘɘn~Phaet's Own
    +1
    "Is a pumpkin a vegetable or a fruit?"

    Yes.

    It is both.

    The botanist says it's a fruit (seeds, edible mature ovary).

    The chef says it's a vegetable (not eaten raw, savory).

    I say all produce are vegetables (vegetation).
  • Vijay Pawar 2012/10/07 10:00:57
    vegetable
    Vijay Pawar
    Vegetable!
  • MissJo 2012/10/07 09:56:16
    fruit
    MissJo
    If it has seeds it's a fruit, if it doesn't it's a veggie.
  • Rob Williams 2012/10/07 08:38:41
    fruit
    Rob Williams
    Pumpkin is the fruit of the species Cucurbita pepo or Cucurbita mixta.
  • Saga 2012/10/07 08:03:25
    fruit
    Saga
    It's got seeds. c:
    I always call it a vegetable regardless lol.
  • Alexander T Steward 2012/10/07 06:32:08
  • Cat 2012/10/07 06:27:32
    vegetable
    Cat
    +2
    All fruits are vegetables.
    But not a vegetables are fruits, although many are, like corn, peas, okra, beans and squashes of which the pumpkin is one.
    So BOTH ANSWERS WOULD BE CORRECT!
  • polkastria 2012/10/07 05:59:53
    vegetable
    polkastria
    It's both but since it's a squash.. I'll go with Vegetable.
  • Starman 2012/10/07 04:56:44
    fruit
    Starman
    It is the fruiting body of the plant.
  • handimom 2012/10/07 03:39:01
    fruit
    handimom
    Its classification is a fruit, thought many people consider it a vegetable.
  • jimrthy BN-0 2012/10/07 02:37:34
    fruit
    jimrthy BN-0
    All fruits are vegetables. Not all vegetables are fruits.

    If a plant hides its seeds inside its meat (think apples, tomatoes, and peanuts), it's a fruit.
  • adeenmckenziekennedy 2012/10/07 02:04:50
  • Pat 2012/10/07 01:49:18
    fruit
    Pat
    I just guessing but I think pumpkins are fruits.
  • Red_Horse 2012/10/07 01:42:46
  • Kaye Red_Horse 2012/10/08 03:26:55
    Kaye
    +1
    It says it is gourd-like,but it doesn't say its a gourd.It says its a fruit.(dictionary)
  • Red_Horse Kaye 2012/10/08 03:27:57
  • ikeknight 2012/10/07 01:33:16 (edited)
    vegetable
    ikeknight
    +2
    Culinarily it's treated as a vegetable. Botanically it's a fruit. Botanically corn, beans, wheat and other grains are considered fruit, but most people do not label them as such.
  • raine 2012/10/07 01:13:39
    vegetable
    raine
    +2
    The pumpkin is a member of the squash family, and, though it is treated like a
    vegetable, it is technically a fruit. The reason a pumpkin is a fruit is because it ...
  • naked_and_barefoot N.I.T. 2012/10/07 00:58:50
    fruit
    naked_and_barefoot N.I.T.
    +3
    The pumpkin is a member of the squash family, and, though it is treated like a vegetable, it is technically a fruit. The reason a pumpkin is a fruit is because it grows on a vine and contains seeds.
  • Tastentier 2012/10/07 00:56:58 (edited)
    fruit
    Tastentier
    +2
    There are two different definitions for fruit, a botanical and a gastronomical / culinary one. The latter definition excludes botanical fruits that taste savory rather than sweet. In botany, a pumpkin is a fruit. But I think the commonly used gastronomical / culinary term is vegetable.

    definitions fruit botanical gastronomical culinary
  • Anna 2012/10/07 00:53:00
    fruit
    Anna
    +1
    Anything with seeds is a fruit.
  • Pele Emerging 2012/10/07 00:47:05
    fruit
    Pele Emerging
    +1
    Technically, pumpkins and other squash are fruit, but they are considered more like vegetables.

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