Pumpkin seeds

I recently have been given a pile of pumpkins. I decided to make pumpkin soup last night. So I was looking for a fresh tasty recipe I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin soup. In the bottom of one recipe was a word on the best way to roast pumpkin seeds. As I have never thought of using the seeds, I was stunned. How often do we use pumpkins but throw out the seeds and never give them another thought. I know I do!

Pumpkin seeds are now a common seed we can purchase in packets. These seeds can be seen in cereal, some breads and health foods. I had a quick look online and also the typical price is around $5 a packet. But did you understand they’re really simple to prepare in the home?

The simplest and most healthy way to get pumpkin seeds is to allow them to dry naturally while still raw. I boiled the seeds in water that was salted on a moderate temperature for approximately 10 minutes until they’d sunk to the bottom. Then remove the now slimy seeds from the water and spread on a tray. Although this is optional, sprinkle a bit of sea salt over the seeds. Bake it in the oven for about 15-20 minutes on 200C or 400F. This method makes a great seed which tastes like a nutty popcorn.

The seeds of pumpkins, also called pepitas, are extremely healthy. They’re a great source of B vitamins, along with C, D, E, and K, proteins/amino acids, fibre and omega3 fatty acids (the good fats). Additionally they have phosphorous, potassium, niacin, and the minerals calcium. Pumpkin seeds are specifically beneficial for men (due to their own zinc content) as they could benefit helping to provide some protection against the creation of prostate cancer and any issues with prostate health. They can also be utilized for depression bladder issues and learning disabilities. Additionally, it includes materials that are antiinflammatory which is very good for any inflammatory disease including arthritis for example.

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