Pumpkin seeds are a nutritional standout and have been used for their medicinal properties in Europe and China for centuries.
Known as “pepitas” – which means little seed in Spanish – and widely used in Mexican cooking, pumpkin seeds can be enjoyed as a snack, added to salads or ground up to make a unique pesto.
In addition to providing an excellent source of magnesium and iron, pumpkin seeds also provide immune-boosting zinc and phytonutrients called curcurbitacins which researchers have found pack a powerful punch against prostate problems.
Selecting and Storing Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are sold in the shell, shelled, roasted, and raw. Keep pumkin seeds refrigerated; the oil in pumpkin seeds can easily go rancid.