Growing up, I loved getting the giant round carving pumpkins that showed up for a month or two prior to Halloween and carving some crude faces into it, and then they'd be forgotten until the next year. Sometimes,though, my grandmother would help me pull the seeds from the copious gooey pulp and roast them for a tasty treat.
Little did I know then that those chewy morsels, much like the flesh of the pumpkin, were miniature nutritional powerhouses, and today, unlike their vessels, pumpkin seeds are available year round.
America's Catching On
In America, we're just now catching up with other cultures in enjoying the taste and nutrition of the pumpkin seed. In Mexico, pepitas are eaten as a snack, or used in mole sauces and garnishes. In Russia and the Ukraine, roasted pumpkin seeds are as common as sunflower seeds.
Pumpkin seeds are rich in B-complex vitamins, vitamin E, and minerals copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc, and iron. Unshelled pumpkin seeds are one of the highest v...Read More