Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are flat, dark green seeds. Pumpkin seeds have a malleable, chewy texture and a subtly sweet, nutty flavor. These seeds are so delicious, and nutritious, that they can be enjoyed throughout the whole year. While pumpkin seeds are featured in the recipes of many cultures, they are a special hallmark of traditional Mexican cuisine.
The cultivation of pumpkins spread throughout the world when the European explorers, returning from their journeys, brought back many of the agricultural treasures of the New World. Pumpkins, and their seeds, were a celebrated food of the Native American Indians who treasured them both for their dietary and medicinal properties. Pumpkin seeds are a very good source of the minerals phosphorus, magnesium, manganese. zinc, iron and copper. In addition, they are a good source of protein and vitamin K. Pumpkin seeds have recently become more popular as research suggests that they have unique nutritional and health benefits.
How pumpkin seeds are hulled? “The pumpkin seeds are steeped in clean water for a period of 8-10 hours (this is to avoid the kernels from breaking during the shelling process), then run though a shelling machine, sifted and dried.”
Pumpkin seeds should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer, so the oil does not turn rancid.
Roasted pumpkin seeds are commonly eaten as snacks, but be aware that while roasting brings out their full flavor, the heat also destroys their natural fatty acids. Thus they are most nutritious when eaten raw.
TO ROAST: Coat seeds with melted butter or your favorite oil or salt to taste. Spread in single layer on a baking sheet . Bake at 300°F for 35 to 45 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep the seeds from burning. Variations: Use garlic salt, onion powder, cajun seasoning, taco seasoning, or a mixture of cinnamon and honey coating the pumpkin seeds in place of the salt.
1. Add pumpkin seeds to sautéed vegetables.
2. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top of mixed green salads.
3. Grind pumpkin seeds with fresh garlic, parsley and cilantro leaves. Mix with olive oil and lemon juice for a tasty salad dressing.
4. Add chopped pumpkin seeds to your favorite hot or cold cereal.
5. Add pumpkin seeds to your oatmeal raisin cookie or granola recipe or any baked goods
6. Next time you make burgers, whether it be from vegetables, turkey or beef, add some ground pumpkin seeds.
Country of Origin: Organic from China
This product was packaged using equipment that also handles wheat, soy, peanuts and tree nuts.
Ingredients: Organic shelled Pumpkin Seeds.