Do not throw away pumpkin seeds. You can used them in several ways
The pumpkin season is currently in its peak and it shall last for a few weeks. Delicious cakes, jams and of course funny and scary Halloween sculptures. This is just a small list of what can you make from pumpkins. But when you process pumpkins you always have plenty of seeds left over, and most likely you thrown them into your compost, or worse, into the trash. and that is a shame, because pumpkin seeds contain a lot of substances beneficial to the human body. Just dry them and store them for later.
An elixir of vitamins and other substances
Do you need to watch your cholesterol level? Well, pumpkin seeds contain polyunsaturated omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, which can help you to reduce your cholesterol level. Thanks to high content of vitamin E and zinc, pumpkin seeds can also help you with issues related to urinary tract infections and the prostate. Further, they may slow down ageing and prevent other undesirable degenerative changes. On top of all that, they contain vitamins A, D, B1, B2 or B6 plus potassium, selenium, magnesium, copper or phosphorus and if you suffer from diabetes, pumpkin seeds can help you to lower your blood sugar level.
Drying is easy
Just make sure you rinse all seeds thoroughly in water. Seeds should be dried very slowly in open air. However, if you choose the more efficient way in the oven, it is okay too. Make sure there is no pulp around the seeds. Spread them out evenly on baking paper. Make sure they do not overlap. If you bake seeds in the oven, you should do so for approximately 1 hour at 200 °C. When you finish, make sure that all seeds have cooled down completely. Store in an enclosed container. One more thing. If you choose to peel the seeds first or not, it does not matter. The result will be the same. It is completely up to you.
You can make a lot of delicacies from pumpkin seeds
There are many pumpkin seed recipes. You can consume them raw and unprocessed, but they are really excellent roasted with salt. They taste similar to nuts. Many people add pumpkin seeds to homemade pastries or vegetable salads. We really like grated carrots together with freshly roasted pumpkin seeds.
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