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How to Eat Pumpkin Seeds
Do you know how to eat pumpkin seeds? It's pretty simple. Pumpkin seeds are packed with flavor and vitamins, making them healthyandfun to snack on. Just make sure you chew them carefully. Read on for a couple different ways to eat pumpkin seeds, as well as a few suggestions for recipes.
Roasting Pumpkin Seeds
Preheat oven to 375° F (190° C).
Separate any pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin flesh.The best way to do this is by hand, or perhaps by using an old (cleaned) comb that you wouldn't mind getting dirty. Use the comb to separate the pumpkin seeds from the fibrous, fleshy parts.
If you choose to, clean the outer shell of the pumpkin seeds.Those fleshy bits that are still attached to the pumpkin? Some people like to leave them on, preferring the flavor they give the final product. If you don't want those fleshy bits on the outer pumpkin shells, here's how to try to remove them:
- Soak the seeds in water for a few hours, then strain the seeds in small batches into a mesh strainer. With your hands, stir the pumpkin seeds around in the mesh strainer and let the mesh catch the remaining pulp. When you slide the seeds out of the strainer, they should be pretty clean.
Pat seeds dry with a paper towel, if needed, and spread out on a baking dish.Although no seasoning is necessary, this would be the time to season your pumpkin seeds:
- Season with a little bit of curry powder, cayenne pepper, or chipotle flakes for a spicy, savory edge.
- Season with a little bit of cinnamon, clove, or nutmeg for a sweet treat.
- Season with regular old table salt or sea salt for added salty flavor.
Throw the pumpkin seeds in the oven for 20 minutes, or until golden and crunchy.Allow to cool before eating!
Toasting (Pre-Boiled) Pumpkin Seeds
Use this method for perfectly cooked pumpkin seeds.Although the methodology sounds a little strange, boiling the pumpkin seeds first lends them a full flavor. (And you don't even have to worry about waterlogged seeds.)
Preheat the oven to 400° F (200° C) and bring water to boil in a cooking pan.For every half cup of pumpkin seeds you're roasting, use 2 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of salt.
Separate any pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin flesh.The best way to do this is by hand, although you can also use an old (cleaned) comb. Use the comb to separate the pumpkin seeds from the fibrous, fleshy parts.
Simmer the pumpkin seeds in the water for 10 minutes.Remove and drain in a colander.
Coat a roasting pan with a thin layer of olive oil and toss the seeds into the pan.
Bake on the top rack of the oven, anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes.Small seeds will be brown and crispy after 5 to 7 minutes, medium seeds will take around 10-15 minutes, and large seeds could take as long as 20 minutes to cook. Allow to cool before eating.
Other Ways of Eating Pumpkin Seeds
Eat them raw or straight out of the pumpkin.Eat them the way that nature intended, straight from the source.
Fry them on a skillet.Place a little bit of olive oil in a skillet, along with your pumpkin seeds, and fry until the seeds begin to pop.
- For a sweet twist on this recipe, put one tablespoon of sugar into the pan with the pumpkin seeds (without olive oil). Caramelize the pumpkin seeds until they also begin to pop.
Incorporate your pumpkin seeds into another recipe.Pumpkin seeds are great alone, but they can send another dish soaring if you include them in:
- The list goes on
How to Eat Pumpkin Seeds
Know that many people prefer to eat pumpkin seeds whole, along with the shell.If you toast or roast your pumpkin seeds to perfection, the outer shells don't really need to be removed in order to enjoy the seed inside, although some people like doing this.
Pry the pumpkin shell open and get at just the seed.In order to do this:
- Hold the pumpkin seed in your hand or pop into your mouth
- Crack the side of pumpkin shell in half using your teeth, like you would a sunflower seed
- Get at the inner seed and discard the outer shell
QuestionHow do I prepare pumpkin meat and seeds to be added to smoothies?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can take both parts and throw them right in the blender. If your blender is good at doing its job, it will grind everything up to perfection. Add whatever else you'd like for nutrients and/or flavor.Thanks!
QuestionCan I eat pumpkin seeds and their skin raw?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, you can, they are delicious this way as well.Thanks!
QuestionDo green pumpkin seeds need to be chewed?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerGreen seeds are already shelled (no shell, just the inner seed). You should always chew seeds.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I bake pumpkin seeds using olive oil?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPreheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Spread the pumpkin seeds on a medium baking sheet. Drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with salt. Bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally, until lightly toasted.Thanks!
QuestionIs pumpkin rind edible?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, although it's very tough. Younger pumpkins are often easier to eat in this way.Thanks!
QuestionAre they really tasty besides being healthy?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes! Pumpkin seeds are delicious and one of my personal favorite snacks, though I'm sure it depends on your preference.Thanks!
QuestionAt what temperature do I roast pumpkin seeds?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerRoast at 300 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes, turning them every 10 minutes.Thanks!
QuestionAre pumpkin seeds good for high blood pressure?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, pumpkin seeds are good for high blood pressure.Thanks!
QuestionIs there a certain kind of pumpkin to get for the seeds, or will any pumpkin give good seeds?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAll pumpkins have seeds, unless they are genetically modified to not grow seeds. All pumpkin seeds are good for you, and delicious as well.Thanks!
QuestionIs there no cholesterol in the seed?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerInterestingly, plants don't produce "cholesterol" as the human body does. This is great because plants actually produce a substance (phytosterols) similar in structure to cholesterol that actually has health benefits for lowering cholesterol levels! This is one of the reasons, among many others, why most dieticians recommend mostly plant based diets/eating habits.Thanks!
How many pumpkin seeds would be most beneficial to consume daily?
How much to eat peeled per day? Is it good for prostate?
Can I boil pumpkin seeds in milk, then crush them up in a mixer?
Can the green pumpkin seeds be toasted or roasted?
You can eat pumpkin seeds raw or cooked, depending on your preference. If you eat them raw, eat them with the shell or break it off with your teeth and spit it out like you would with a sunflower seed. If you want to cook pumpkin seeds before you eat them, spread them out on a baking sheet and roast them in the oven for 20 minutes at 375 °F. You can also season pumpkin seeds with things like cinnamon, sea salt, pepper, and nutmeg to give them more flavor.
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