Are Pumpkins Fruits or Vegetables?

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According to the vegetable expert Joe Masabni in Dallas from the "Texas A&M Agri Life Extension Service," a pumpkin is a fruit! The reason why is because 'anything that starts from a flower is botanically a fruit.' You can click on the link above for "Texas A&M Life Extension Service for more educational information. 

Masabni also sets the record straight and says a cucumber or a tomato are categorized as vegetables but they are really a fruit.  Who knew fruits include: "cucumbers, olives, tomatoes, eggplants, avocadoes, corn, zucchini, okra, string beans, peppers and, of course, pumpkins."


So the next time someone asks you if you eat more fruits or vegetables, you may have a different answer. If you didn't know this, blame it on the grocery stores and how they arrange their produce department. 


Falls is an awesome time to try fresh pumpkin pie, pumpkin cinnamon bread, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin butter, pumpkin soup, spicy pumpkin soup, and pumpkins straight from the pumpkin farm. If you don't know which pumpkins to choose, ask. Some pumpkins like the big ones are for carving; others are for eating consumption. Try new recipes that calls for peeled, boiled, roasted, or steamed pumpkins. Whether you mix it up with cinnamon or brown sugar, it can make your meal taste and smell delicious.

They say pumpkins contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals. To be sure check with a nutritionist to see if this list is true:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Potassium

Get plenty of sunshine, exercise, and have fun in the kitchen whipping up something good with pumpkin fruit in your diet! And of course have a very Happy Halloween!


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Comments (9)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia - when in doubt about deciding if something is a fruit or vegetable, I call it "produce".   Seeds matter also when trying to get to the root of the issue.  🙃

Oct 27, 2022 05:43 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, I knew the answer but if I didn't I would've been wrong. I love pumpkin but not in desserts. My favorite is spicy pumpkin soup with a ton of ginger.

Oct 27, 2022 09:06 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Patricia,

Well I think your post brings clarity to whether a pumpkin is a vegetable or a fruit! Any baking with pumpkin definitely fills the house with delicious smells! Happy Halloween Back at you!

Oct 28, 2022 04:34 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Hmm... I did not know that. Eggplant? Peppers? Beans? This just boggles my mind!

By the way, great job posting in October. You're almost encouraging me to start daily posting too.... almost. haha.

Oct 28, 2022 04:42 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Patricia... I get an A+... I knew pumpkins were fruits (cucumbers and tomatoes and many of the others on your list, as well). And I'm impressed that I knew that about pumpkins as I don't eat pumpkin.

Oct 28, 2022 05:11 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Yesterday when I was getting my groceries, a young boy and his Mom were in line ahead of me with only a pumpkin.   I am sure that he was excited about carving it up for Halloween!

Oct 28, 2022 06:42 AM
Brian England

I should have done that Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, I always miss opportunities to pay for something for someone else.

Oct 28, 2022 09:39 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Brian England -Awe....a moment like that in the grocery store would have touched my heart. I probably would have offered the boy his first Halloween treat by allowing me to pay for his pumpkin. 

Oct 28, 2022 07:38 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Brian England - I know you always will do the right thing. Sometimes, things happen so fast, we don't think on the spare of the moment. 

Oct 28, 2022 10:01 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Fruit or vegetable ... it is certainly delicious in the form of a pie!  lol

Oct 28, 2022 09:47 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Lise Howe - Oh yes! A good hot pumpkin pie always the best during this season of the year. 

Oct 28, 2022 09:59 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP. I love those pumpkin pies, and of course it had to be a fruit. However, I didn't know those that were called vegetables like cucumbers, tomatoes and the others on your list were actually fruit. Learned something new today. 

Oct 28, 2022 11:05 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Jerry Newman - I was also surprised when I learned the difference. TX A&M is so dependable and full of knowledge!!! We are lucky to have them in Texas. 

I hope you get to enjoy some delicious pumpkin pies!

Oct 28, 2022 11:22 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  I was not sure about Pumpkins I did know about tomatoes although I have always considered them a veggie but I am surprised about the rest of your list 

Oct 28, 2022 11:10 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Hannah Williams - I knew for a very long time that tomatoes were a fruit but the rest was surprising to me too. I thought this was the perfect time to post the difference. Glad to hear from you!

Oct 28, 2022 11:23 AM