Pumpkins are grown widely around the world as a vegetable. However, the plentiful flat oval seeds are generally discarded as agricultural residue. These seeds are uniquely flavored with nutty taste and consumed as raw, roasted and salted snack.
There is a growing interest in consuming these seeds as their richness in protein, iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, copper, potassium, polyunsaturated fatty acids is beginning to surface. They are being regarded as valuable healthy food.
Beneficial effects pumpkin seeds on blood glucose level, immunity, cholesterol, liver, prostate gland, bladder, depression, learning disabilities and parasite inhibition are being validated.
Store dried or roasted seeds in an airtight container in the refrigerator, no more than 10 to 14 days. For longer storage, place in the freezer.