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Why Wednesday: Pumpkin Fruit or Pumpkin Veggie?

Anyone else excited for pumpkin season? As a caffeinated mama, I must admit that the arrival of the Pumpkin Spice Latte is akin to Christmas morning for me. Oh, and coupled with a pumpkin muffin...heavenly! As I indulge in these seasonal treats, I've got a #WhyWednesday question on the brain. Is a pumpkin a fruit or vegetable?

Simply put, fruits have seeds while vegetables do not. As detailed on

...[Y]ou need to know what makes a fruit a fruit, and a vegetable a vegetable. The big question to ask is, DOES IT HAVE SEEDS? If the answer is yes, then technically, (botanically) you have a FRUIT. This, of course, makes your tomato a fruit. It also makes cucumbers, squash, green beans and pumpkins all fruits as well. Along with the fruit from a plant or tree, we can often eat the leaves (lettuce,) stems (celery,) roots (carrots,) and flowers (broccoli.) Many of these other parts of the plant are typically referred to as VEGETABLES.

Now that we have that settled, I might have a new favourite fruit :)

Happy almost-pumpkin season!

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