How to Use Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are the flat and oval seeds with light green color. They are subtly sweet and nutty with a malleable, chewy texture. Pumpkin seeds are one of the most nutritious and flavorful seeds. They are high in calories, about 559 calories per 100 g; they are a good source of minerals including phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron and copper; they are filled with B vitamins, along with C, D, E and K; they are the most alkaline-forming seeds; they contain good quality protein, about 30 g per 100 g seeds; pumpkin seeds are also rich in essential amino acid, Tryptophan. Different from other edible seeds, the nutrition in pumpkin seeds improves with age; they are among the few foods that increase in nutritive values as they decompose. Tests have shown that pumpkin seeds stored for more than five months show a marked increase in protein content.
A. The Medical Uses of Pumpkin Seeds
They are beneficial for the treatment or prevention of any prostate issue. It can be used as a diuretic to treat bed-wetting in children and facilitate the passage of urine while smoothing an irritated bladder.
They have been known to help with depression and learning disabilities.
They are the natural anti-inflammatory for arthritis sufferers. Pumpkin seeds can effectively reduce inflammation without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.
Pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, compounds that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.
B. The Culinary Uses of Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are roasted as a popular snack. As commercially produced and distributed packaged snack, pumpkin seeds usually are hulled by the melon seeds shelling machine and are known as pepitas, and they are a popular ingredient in Mexican cuisines. And also the hulled pumpkin seeds can be salted or sweetened. Just like other nuts and seeds such as peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, etc. they can be used in granolas, biscuits, bread, cookies, casseroles or baked goods and they are also can be added to desserts, particularly sundaes and other confectionaries.
Pumpkin seeds also can be sprinkled over fruit or vegetable salads, and they are frequently added to enrich in meat, poultry, rice, and vegetable dishes.
C. The Deep-process of Pumpkin Seeds
The shelled pumpkin seeds are commercially deed-processed into pumpkin seeds oil and pumpkin seeds butter.
Pumpkin seed oil has an intense nutty taste and is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acid. The pumpkin seed oil is used in salad dressing as well as in cooking. And it is also used for desserts, giving the ordinary vanilla ice cream a nutty taste.
The pumpkin seeds butter is a great alternative to peanut butter. The rich delicious flavor goes great with crackers, bread, muffins, cooked vegetables and in any recipe that requires nut butter. Pumpkin seed oil can be added to soups, pasta, stews, and tomato-based spaghetti sauces to enhance flavor.