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What we think of as “pumpkin” has no specific botanical or scientific meaning—it’s simply a common name for any plant in the cucurbita genus, which includes other squash-like fruits (yep, pumpkin is a fruit) such as summer, acorn, spaghetti, and butternut squash, says Matthew Blua, Ph.D., a farmer and former research scientist in Riverside, CA.
In fact, canned pumpkin puree may consist of different varieties of winter squash, not necessarily pure “pumpkin.” Before you rush to return your cans, know that it doesn’t really matter: “There are no differences from a nutritional standpoint between pumpkin and squash,” Thayer says. Even the USDA lumps winter squash and pumpkins together in the same category since they’re so closely related.
Whether you're pumpkin-obsessed or in need of some seasonal cocktail party trivia, the following tidbits are sure to surprise and fascinate
Whether you're pumpkin-obsessed or in need of some seasonal cocktail party trivia, the following tidbits are sure to surprise and fascinate.