It’s National Pumpkin Seed Day!
Are you a fan of pumpkin seeds? Pumpkin pie? Pumpkin flavored treats? Pumpkin scented candles? Pumpkins in general? If you are, then today is a great day to celebrate! ESPECIALLY If you have pumpkins waiting to be carved or cooked!
I have a hard time turning down a cute looking pumpkin… it may sound strange to you, but if I go to the store once pumpkins have gone on sale, and I see one that is just BEGGING to be taken home…. I can’t ignore it! Just ask anyone who knows me… An alien has probably taken over my body if I walk past a patch of pumpkins without perusing.
Since it’s officially Fall, and autumnal treats are even more enjoyable once the fall festivities have begun, we wanted to share why WE think today is a great day to celebrate!
Happy National Pumpkin Seed Day everyone!
Need a reason to celebrate this day???
1. Pumpkin seeds are good for you!
2. These tasty seeds are traditionally used to kill parasites, reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol levels, and promote good sleep! They are also high in protein and zinc, filled with minerals, and are the only seed that is alkaline-forming!
PLUS it’s fun to carve pumpkins during Fall! It’s a favorite activity once October rolls around for many of us! Once you’ve had a blast carving the pumpkins and making a mess, you can enjoy the view of the Jack O’ Lanterns whilst someone roasts the seeds to enjoy for days to come!
Need a pumpkin seed recipe!? No worries!
Here’s the one we use- it’s a family favorite!
For the best tasting, crunchy, salty snack this side of Halloween (that’s pretty healthy too) check out the recipe below!
There are 3 IMPORTANT STEPS you don’t want to forget!
Clean the pumpkin seeds Super Well! You want to wash them until you don’t see any pumpkin fibers in the mix, use a colander and give them more than two rinses!
Boil the pumpkin seeds before roasting them! This is something I didn’t do in the past, and BOY does it make a difference! It helps them cook more thoroughly and provides that crunch once they’ve finished cooking.
Keep an eye on the seeds as they’re baking! Every 10 minutes pull out the seeds and move them around on their baking tray, if you don’t do this you will probably have quite a few burnt seeds in the end.
Seeds from 2 large pumpkins
1/2 teaspoon Lawry’s Seasoned Salt (this is what the recipe calls for but I Definitely use more)
1/2 tablespoon of olive oil (again I adjust depending on how many pumpkin seeds I have)
Dash of salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Soak the CLEAN pumpkin seeds in a large bowl of water for 1/2 hour sitting out, or overnight in the fridge. ONce that’s done, drain the water and put the seeds into a pot filled enough to cover the seeds and add a dash of salt. Bring the water to a boil and make sure the seeds have been gently boiled in the pot for around 10 minutes. Once your seeds have been boiled, drain the water out and place the seeds back into a bowl. Toss the seeds with olive oil then lay them out in a thin layer on the cookie sheet (I line mine with tinfoil, less mess). Sprinkle the Lawry’s salt over the seeds to suit your taste (as much as you think is necessary, don’t worry you can add more as you cook them and check every 10 minutes). Once this is done they’re ready to be cooked! Seeds are normally done after about 40 minutes or so when they become firm and aren’t soft anymore. You’ll want to regularly check every ten minutes to test them. What you Don’t want is dark spots on them, you should be looking for them to become a darker yellow. Once removed from the oven and cooled put them in a mason jar or food safe container and enjoy!
These tasty homemade pumpkin seeds will be sure to put smiles on every face, and maybe it will become an annual tradition in the years to come!
If you’re not a fan of pumpkin seeds or fall treats (I can’t imagine who isn’t but to each their own) then don’t worry! You can still get something out of reading this blog! There are plenty of other days to celebrate, and you’re sure to find one you can be all in for soon enough! You can keep an eye out for more fun and unique days to celebrate by following along on our blog here, or by keeping track yourself using the National Day Calendar.
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Hope you enjoy!
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