'Tis the season to show off your pumpkin-carving skills and indulge in pumpkin spice...well, everything. From lattes and desserts to savory pumpkin dishes, this popular fall food is as tasty as it is versatile. But we've always wondered, is pumpkin a fruit, or is pumpkin a vegetable?
You're probably thinking that the orange-yellow squash easily falls into the vegetable category—which would make total sense. They have that earthy, slightly sweet flavor that makes them perfect for hearty soups, casseroles, pastas and everything in between. And besides, it's not like we can easily toss raw pumpkins into our morning fruit salad. Surely, this must mean that the festive treat is a vegetable, right?
Well, not so fast—it turns out that pumpkin is actually a fruit and not a vegetable. Read on for more details on why it's considered a fruit.