KIDS ASK: Is a Pumpkin a Fruit or a Vegetable?

According to botanists (scientists who study plants), a fruit is the part of the plant that develops from a flower. A fruit is also the section of the plant that contains the seeds. All the other parts of plants are considered vegetables. This includes the stems, leaves and roots — and even the flower bud. That means that beans, avocados,  tomatoes, corn kernels, cucumbers, even nuts are all fruits!

Then what is a vegetable? A vegetable is all the other parts of the plant -- the stems, leaves, and roots, and ...the flower bud. This means that celery (stem), lettuce (leaves), and broccoli (buds) are all vegetables.

Back to our original question: Is a Pumpkin a Vegetable or a Fruit?

If you examine a pumpkin plant, you will see see a blossom. When that blossom dries up, you will see a little tiny pumpkin starting to grow from the flower. So...according to the scientific definition of a fruit, a pumpkin is a part of a plant that grows from a flower, so a pumpkin is a fruit! These fruits make great jack-o-lanterns!