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Pumpkin seeds – nature’s little wonders!

These subtly sweet, nutty and chewy seeds are also known as pepitas. They are flat, dark green and encased in yellow-white husks. Some varieties of pumpkin produce seeds without the husk. Pumpkin seeds are available all year round, but are at their freshest during the autumn months, when they are in season. Pumpkins belong to the gourd or Cucurbitaceae family, along with cantaloupe, cucumber and squash.

The pumpkin fruit is generally grown as a field vegetable crop and the seeds are used to extract the nutritious pumpkin seed oil, as well as being used as a food source. In order to get quality seeds, the pumpkin should be fully mature. Each fruit contains up to 500 seeds with an edible olive green kernel. These are delicious and provide many health benefits.

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