Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are the edible seeds extracted from inside pumpkins, which belong to the Cucurbitaceae family. They are oval-shaped, flat, and have a slightly chewy texture. With a subtly sweet and nutty flavor, pumpkin seeds are a versatile ingredient that can be enjoyed raw, toasted, or incorporated into various sweet and savory dishes. These small seeds are commonly used as a healthy snack and are packed with nutrients such as proteins, healthy fats, magnesium, and zinc, providing numerous health benefits. They can be sprinkled over salads, soups, or even blended into smoothies to boost the nutritional value of a meal.
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Pumpkin Seeds FAQ
When cooking with pumpkin seeds, the most common challenge people face is knowing how to properly toast or roast them, as a poorly roasted pumpkin seed can be unappetizing and hard to chew. Furthermore, people often wonder how to properly season pumpkin seeds and whether they can be used in desserts. Also, there are numerous ways to integrate pumpkin seeds into a diet beyond simply a healthy snack, but many people are not aware of this. For example, they can be used as a nut substitute in vegan diets, added to homemade bread or muffins for a crunchy texture, or used to top salads and soups. To get the most out of pumpkin seeds, be sure to roast them at a relatively low temperature (about 150 to 170 degrees Celsius) for a longer period of time (about 15-20 mins), this ensures they cook through without burning on the outside. Also, try to experiment with seasoning, sweet and savoury options can both work well depending on your preference. In terms of other little known tips, did you know that you can also eat the shells of the pumpkin seeds? They contain high amounts of fiber. However, you might find them too tough to chew if they aren't adequately roasted.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does pumpkin seed expire?
Unopened store-bought pumpkin seeds can last about 1-2 years past the 'Best By' date printed on the package if stored properly. Once opened, however, they should be consumed within 3 months for the best quality, and can still be safe to eat for up to 6 months when stored correctly. Freezing is also a great option for longer-term storage. Frozen pumpkin seeds are safe to consume indefinitely, but best quality is maintained for about a year.
How do you tell if pumpkin seed is bad?
Pumpkin seeds have gone off on if they exhibit any changes in their color, texture, or smell. They might take on a yellow or dark discoloration, become slimy or moldy, or emit a rancid or off smell. If they've been stored for a long time, they may also have lost their crunch and become stale. Non-edible mold can also grow on pumpkin seeds that have been kept in a damp environment. It's important to toss the seeds if any of these signs of spoiling are detected.
Tips for storing pumpkin seed to extend shelf life
• Keep the pumpkin seeds in a cool, dark, and dry place. A pantry or a cupboard away from the stove, oven, and sink is often a good spot. • Transfer opened seeds to a airtight container or resealable plastic bag to reduce exposure to air, moisture, and pests. • Store the seeds in the refrigerator if possible, as this can prolong their freshness. • To store pumpkin seeds for long-term use, freeze them. Pack the seeds in a freezer-safe airtight container or bag. No need to thaw them before use - just take out as many as you need.
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