In the Kitchen
I love seeds! I love planting seeds, saving seeds and eating seeds! Seeds are so healthy. An egg is similar to a seed. It has everything in it to grow a new organism! Because of this, they are extremely nutritious (both seeds and eggs!). Seeds have protein, fiber, healthy fats, and important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. When consumed as part of a healthy diet, seeds can help reduce blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure, boost digestive health, and fight free radial formation. Here is a great article about seeds and how they are different from nuts, grains and beans.
I really enjoy putting both sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds on my salads. Sunflower seeds are high in vitamin E, thiamine and manganese. Pumpkin seeds are high in healthy fats and protein and rich in manganese, magnesium and phosphorus.
A couple years ago I learned that you could grow hulless pumpkin seeds inside a pumpkin. They do not have the harder, tan seed coat. They are the green seeds. I see them for sale in the grocery store as pepitos. Well, this year I had a bumper crop of the pepito pumpkins! Here is a pic of our barn cat, Apple Jack, sitting on the deck with the pumpkins in the background. I think I had about 40 of them!
First, I cut the pumpkins in half and scooped out the green seeds.
Here is a pic of the sunflower heads that we harvested seeds from...
One last note: you can totally do this with the seeds you get out of your Jack-o'-lantern pumpkin! Or seeds from you butternut squash! Or any winter squash! You know, the seeds with the shells! They will be crunchier but we always roast some pumpkin seeds in the oven each year. I really liked boiling in salt water because I can never get the salt to stick well after they have been roasted so this is a great hack to get nice salty seeds. If you don't have a smoker, you can add some liquid smoke to the seeds before you roast them in the oven! I usually put some butter/olive oil on the seeds before I roast them in the oven so you just add about a tablespoon of liquid smoke to the oil and mix it all together well and then roast in the oven. Yum!!!
Have an eggcellent day!