I love pumpkin seeds! I usually buy them from my local grocery store.
I always buy raw pumpkin seeds because they are higher in nutritional benefits than roasted pumpkin seeds.
You can eat pumpkin seeds in many ways. I prefer pumpkin seeds as a snack only after soaking and dehydrating.
What are Pumpkin Seeds?
Pumpkin seeds are seeds that are inside the pumpkin. Pumpkin seeds have an ovoid-shaped shell that is thin enough to crack open with your teeth.
Pumpkins belong to the melon, gourd, and squash family. All pumpkin and squash seeds are edible.
- Good source of B vitamins
- High in zinc (good for prostate and building the immune system)
- Essential fatty acids and beneficial protein
- Oils that support normal sexual function
- Help protect against heart disease
- Traditionally used for prostate disorders
- Supply safe and natural source of tryptophan (least abundant amino acid in people’s diet).
- Helps remove intestinal parasites
- Best eaten raw for maximum nutritional benefits
How to Prepare Pumpkin Seeds
Soak raw pumpkin seeds in water for 4-6 hours or longer. Soaking raw seeds helps remove enzyme inhibitors. The removal of enzyme inhibitors makes the seeds easier to digest.
I enjoy flavoring the seeds with a little tamari and then dehydrating them at 105 degrees farenheit until crunchy/crispy. The pumpkin seeds make the best snacks. Substitute in place of processed croutons and you can also make a tasty pumpkin seed pâté.