A Perfect Pumpkin Primer

Fun facts to help you carve out your fall menu specials and engagement activities.

What is a pumpkin? It’s many things! Pumpkins are one of many so-called vegetables that are technically fruits, according to their botanical definition. You may already know this about tomatoes, but the list also includes eggplant, peppers, okra, corn and even nuts in their shells! Of course, in school meals, pumpkins are considered a vegetable in the red/orange category. But there is much else to learn about this favorite autumnal food—and in the paragraphs that follow, School Nutrition serves up facts you can share with students in nutrition education and other cafeteria engagement activities...

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