In this series, we reveal the secrets, histories and quirky bits of trivia behind your favorite foods.
Get ready to have your fruit-loving minds blown: Watermelons are berries. And so are cucumbers, cantaloupes, squash and pumpkins.
Scientifically called pepos, these fruits fall into a specific category of berry—one with a tough rind, multiple flat seeds and pulpy flesh. Pepos are also indehiscent. While we wish that meant they showed too much skin, the term actually refers to a pod or fruit that doesn't split open when it's ripe.