Pumpkins are classified as a fruit of the Cucurbitaceae family, which also includes squash, gourds and melons. All varieties of pumpkin are further defined as being part of the Cucurbita genus, with the C. pepo species being the most commonly grown plant of the genus.
The Connecticut Field variety of the Cucurbita pepo species is the most popular type of pumpkin. With its light-orange color and plump body, this is the pumpkin traditionally used as jack o'lanterns. Pumpkins can also be found within the C. mixta, C. maxima and C. moschata species that contain mostly squash. Because of the close botanical classification, the names for squash and pumpkin are sometimes interchangeable depending on location and culture.Learn More
The olive is a fruit. Specifically, it is a drupe with a fleshy, outer covering that surrounds a pit. Olives are found on trees that can live to be hundreds of years old. Olives have been cultivated for thousands of years, and there are hundreds of types of olive cultivars.Full Answer >
Peppers are technically a fruit. Botanists consider everything that grows from the flower of a plant to be a fruit. All of the other parts are classified as vegetables.Full Answer >
"Guanabana" is a Spanish name for the soursop fruit, a tropical tree fruit that is has an edible, fleshy pulp. The fruit originated in the West Indies and South America but is grown in tropical climates all over the world, as of 2014. It is particularly popular in Southeast Asia.Full Answer >
Acorn squash generally reaches maturity during late summer or early fall, approximately 80 to 100 days after planting. A ripe squash feels hard and is difficult to pierce when pressing lightly on the rind with a fingernail.Full Answer >