Why We Love Pumpkin Seeds

by in Healthy Recipes, October 16, 2012

pumpkin seed
With the crisp chill of fall in the air and the excitement of Halloween around the corner, pumpkin season is in full swing. When you’re carving those pumpkins or making a fresh pumpkin soup, don’t forget about the hidden treasure inside—the seeds.

Pumpkin Seed Facts
Pumpkin seeds can add a rich flavor and crunchy texture to many dishes. The seeds have a white fibrous hull (outside shell) with medium-dark green seeds inside; the green interiors are also called pepitas and are commonly used in Mexican cooking. If you’re scooping the seeds out of your jack o’ lantern, give them a dip in boiling water or toast them—both the hull and the seed are edible though I prefer my pumpkin seeds without the outer hull. You can also buy them at the store either  roasted or raw, with or without the hull, and salted or unsalted.

The Nutrition Scoop
One ounce of whole roasted pumpkin seeds (about 85 pieces) has 126 calories, 5 grams of fat and 5 grams of protein. They are also a good source of magnesium and zinc, providing 19% of your daily dose of both these minerals. Copper, potassium, and iron are other nutrients you’ll find in pepitas.

Pumpkin Seed Ideas
Whether you choose to scoop your own out of the pumpkin flesh or purchase them at a store, here are 5 way to enjoy them:

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Comments (29)

  1. Marva says:

    I'm a pumpkin seed lover from way back, love the earthy-nutty taste–the larger the better. I always buy them in the shell, shelling then devouring them is all the fun. When Jack-o'-lantern is finished with the seeds, I roast them myself this time of year. While small pumpkins are best for pies, the larger pumpkins have the largest and best seeds for roasting. Not a fan of flavored breads, but pie–love it!!–cinnamon and nutmeg are my favorite spice combination. I use canned 100% Pure Pumpkin to add beta carotene to other foods and gravies too. Take my advice, eat more seeds. Sprinkle them willy-nilly! On salads, sandwiches, as a topping, in smoothies, oatmeal, the list is endless… Also sesame, cracked flax seed, chia, hemp are super nourishing.

  2. Gimsy says:

    When I lived in south Jersey, a local farmer told me that for pies, the crook-necked squash/pumpkin was better for pies than the jack-o-lantern pumpkin. Nonetheless, the seeds are the best part! Love to roast them every year.

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  4. Natural says:

    I like to try that this time of year!

  5. kenneth.15 says:

    In case you don't know, they eliminate intestine worms in your body! So does the banana (Manzano species, a chuggy one) if eaten with the peel on. No bad taste there.

  6. John Perkins says:

    I've tried them roasted before – guess I never realized just how healthy they are. I'd be curious if people have solutions for getting seeds when pumpkins are not in season?

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