This is the first year we purchased Pumpkins to make Jack-O-Lanterns. We bought the kids mini pumpkins to draw on. Not only did we carve the pumpkins for Halloween, we also used the opportunity to make Pumpkin Seeds!
Prep Time: Depending on what your doing with your Pumpkin. It took us about 30 minutes to clean and carve the pumpkins.
Serving Size: About 2 cups of Pumpkin Seeds
Cook Time: About 30 minutes
Two Large Pumpkins
1 tablespoon Margarine or Butter
Salt to taste
The first thing you will need to do is obviously cut open the pumpkin and clean it out. This process can be lengthy. Get the pumpkin as clean as you can. We placed the seeds and other stuff in a large bowl.
Now, you are supposed to let these dry out overnight. Since, we don’t have time for all that. Well, we could but we really wanted to eat them. lol You can throw them in the microwave in the colander for about 3 minutes. Remove them from microwave, stir vigorously in colander to let some of the steam out. Then place on a cookie sheet spread them out to cool off.
Get a shallow baking dish and line with foil. Pour pumpkin seeds in pan. Sprinkle with salt. Take one tablespoon of margarine or butter. Stir until it is well incorporated. Place in a 350 degree oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Remove from oven. Place back in colander, stir around a bit to let the steam out. Sprinkle with more salt. Seeds should be a nice golden brown. Let the seeds cool and enjoy! It’s a lot of work, but well worth it. Here are ten health reasons that pumpkin seeds are great!
They promote overall prostate health and alleviate the difficult urination associated with an enlarged prostate.
Improved Bladder Function
In some studies, pumpkin seed extracts improved bladder function in animals.
They contain L-tryptophan, a compound naturally effective against depression.
Prevention of Osteoporosis
Because they are high in zinc, pumpkin seeds are a natural protector against osteoporosis. Low intake of zinc is linked to higher rates of osteoporosis.
Pumpkin seeds effectively reduce inflammation without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.
Prevention of Kidney Stones
They prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation, according to studies.
Treatment of Parasites
They are used in many cultures as a natural treatment for tapeworms and other parasites. Studies also show them to be effective against acute schistosomiasis, a parasite contracted from snails.
Great Source of Magnesium
1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds contains 92% of your daily value of magnesium, a mineral in which most Americans are deficient.
Pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, compounds that that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.
The same phytosterols that lower cholesterol also protect against many cancers.