Are Pumpkins Fruits or Veggies?

A pumpkin is a fruit from the gourd (Cucurbitaceae) family of plants. Pumpkins fall into the fruit category because fruit grows from a flower and consists of at least a single ovary. Any edible part of a plant, other than the flower, signifies a vegetable. Pumpkins grow on vines and require 90 to 120 days to reach fruit maturity.

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S.F. Heron is an avid gardener with three years of experience in online writing and a working background in aviation and earth and ocean sciences. She is published on various sites, including Helium, eHow and Xomba. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.