The third Wednesday of October is National Pumpkin seed day! I love the season of autumn because you can create magical pumpkins and sip on hot apple cider while snacking on pumpkin seeds.
Seeds, in general, are considered excellent sources of potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of healthful oils, magnesium, and other nutrients that enhance the health of the heart, bones, and other functions. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of magnesium, which is important for bone formation. High magnesium intake is associated with a greater bone density and has been shown to decrease the risk of osteoporosis in women after menopause. In addition, Pumpkin seeds contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, antioxidants, and fiber. This combination has benefits for both the heart and liver. The fiber in pumpkin seeds helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood and decrease the risk of heart disease.
After carving our pumpkins for our magical spooky decorations, I collect the seeds to make a tasty snack for myself and my kids.
Directions to make toasted pumpkin seeds:
Spread the seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet and roast 30 minutes to dry them out. I like to add spices, so toss the seeds with olive oil, salt and your choice of spices ( example; cinnamon, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, or all spice ). Return to the oven and bake until crisp and golden, about 20 more minutes. Below is a link that has different recipes using pumpkin seeds.
I was inspired this month to create 3D printed pumpkins for the shop from all the years of love of making tasty pumpkin seeds and carving out spooky and silly jack-o-lanterns with the kids! The 3d print is shaped as a small pumpkin painted in a bronze finish! You can follow the link below to check out the planter!