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Fun Pumpkin Facts and Info!

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Is Pumpkin a Fruit? See a few little known facts and information about this fall favorite!


Is Pumpkin a Fruit?

Next time this conversation comes up at the dinner table, you will have an accurate answer! According to Britannica, pumpkin IS a fruit. Who knew?!

This definition of a fruit comes from a botany perspective. However, pumpkin does not have the sweetness or the starchiness of fruits like apples and pears. 🙂 Not quite the end of the conversation– we are thinking!

Of course it’s up to you as to how you want to serve this fall fruit. Since pumpkin isn’t often found in savory foods, we recommend you stick with the classics– and sweeten it up! Scroll down for some delicious fall recipes you don’t want to miss out on!

Dollar Store Pumpkins

Is Pumpkin Good for You?

Most fruits are “good for you” as we know our moms and grandmothers said. If it grows outdoors naturally, and isn’t processed, chances are you should try to get it in your diet.

Of course, this varies with your health and we can’t give advice on that. But in general, pumpkins are a great source of Vitamin A, and also contain nutrients such as Vitamin C, and potassium. Source. So, next time you see one in the store, you might want to try adding some freshly roasted pumpkin to the menu!

Thanks for reading! Be sure to stick around and see some ways to use a can of pumpkin!

Pumpkin Recipes:

Homemade Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies:

So easy and so yummy, this is a great cookie recipe if you’re not a fan of elaborate desserts or cookies with lots of additions.  The classic Snickerdoodle gets a pumpkin spin for fall.  These were a huge hit when I used to bring them to work with me.  Never any leftovers!

Baked Pumpkin French Toast

Baked Pumpkin French Toast This breakfast is assembled the night before and it’s ready to go in the oven in the morning! Bake in ramekins for a shorter cooking time of only 30 minutes, so you can have a hot breakfast on the table with minimal time in the kitchen.  Great for Thanksgiving morning!

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

Sour Cream Pumpkin Bundt Cake Recipe – For the cake fans, this Sour Cream Pumpkin Bundt Cake is a delicious dessert you can include on the holiday menu.  Bundt cakes are so easy I will actually whip up one for a special weeknight dessert sometimes! Bundt cakes also travel well.  If you aren’t big on icing, another idea is to just top with powdered sugar.

Gluten Free Roast Pumpkin Seeds

If you’re carving a pumpkin, don’t throw out all the seeds! You can roast them and enjoy as a healthy snack!

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CONTRIBUTOR: The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica TITLE Pumpkin PUBLISHER Encyclopædia Britannica
DATE PUBLISHED December 04, 2019 URLhttps://www.britannica.com/plant/pumpkin ACCESS DATE October 22, 2020

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