Pumpkin seeds are extracted from the fruit of pumpkin, whose homeland is South America. Breeders bred almost 1,000 species of this vegetable, which is now widespread.
Initially, seeds were used as a drug, but over time evaluated and taste of the product and began to add to various dishes.
What you need to know about pumpkin seeds
The use of pumpkin seeds
In terms of zinc content, pumpkin seeds in the top three: only 30 grams of seeds make up to 70% of the daily need for this micronutrient.
Since seeds are saturated with 30-50% pumpkin oil, they are often consumed by people who adhere to vegetarianism or fasting to substitute animal fats. Pumpkin seeds were given to weakened people as a general.
The harm of pumpkin seeds
Any seeds are very caloric, as they are a “building material” for the whole future plant and contain many fats.
– Those who follow the diet should especially limit the consumption of seeds because 100 grams contains 559 kCal.
It is also necessary to carefully introduce seeds into your diet to people with stomach and bowel diseases. Eliminate pumpkin seeds should be with individual product intolerance and intestinal obstruction,
The use of pumpkin seeds in medicine
Pumpkin seeds contain L-arginine more than other products. Together with zinc, it affects the whole body: it participates in the synthesis of testosterone, normalizes the function of the prostate, improves the state of the cardiovascular system, affects erectile function, which has a positive effect on sexual function.
The shell of the pumpkin seed contains cucurbitacin, which has a paralytic effect on helminths.
This property was used in ancient times for the worm effect. The decoction of seeds was given even to children and pregnant women, as it had no side effects.
Seeds are also used to relieve nausea attacks during seasickness and rocking, with toxicosis, which can relieve the condition of pregnant women early.
The effect of pumpkin seeds on cancer has been proven: high concentrations of zinc help prevent oesophageal cancer. Zinc has a detrimental effect on cancer cells. Scientists attribute this to the link between zinc and calcium. The zinc “responds” to calcium signals “emanating” from cancer cells.
Masks from seeds and compresses of pulp juice are used in cosmetology to moisturize and lighten the skin and reduce inflammation. The oil extract accelerates the healing of the epidermis, wound, and burns.
Use of pumpkin seeds in cooking
Peeled pumpkin seeds are used as an additive in different types of baking, added to salads of vegetables and fruits. Below are the most non-trivial recipes—pumpkin seeds pesto sauce.
Unusual performance of classic pasta sauce.
- Pumpkin seeds – 250 g
- Garlic – 2-3 cloves
- Lemon juice – 2-3 tbsp
- Olive oil – 6 tbsp
- Dried basil – 1 tsp
- Parsley – a small bunch
- Salt, black ground pepper – to taste
Pour the peeled pumpkin seeds with cold water and infuse for 12 hours, for example, overnight. Then drain the water, place the seeds in a blender, add the peeled garlic cloves and whisk until smooth. Add lemon juice, butter, basil, parsley leaves, salt and pepper, and whisk for another 2 minutes. The thickness can be adjusted by adding more lemon juice, oil, or water. Serve pasta, meat dishes. The finished sauce can be refrigerated for 2-3 days.
Goat with pumpkin seeds and nuts
A healthy dessert, but quite caloric. It is not recommended for weak tooth enamel.
- Pumpkin seeds (cleaned) – 50 g
- Walnuts – 50g
- Sugar – 3-4 tbsp
- Honey – 1 tsp
- Vegetable oil – for greasing parchment
Fry seeds and nuts in a dry frying pan for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Sprinkle in a plate. In a frying pan, mix the sugar and honey, and constantly stir to heat until the sugar dissolves and light caramel color. Add the nuts and seeds to the hot caramel and mix well. Grease the parchment with vegetable oil and put a hot mass on it. Press, flatten to a thickness of less than 1 cm. Until the mixture is warm, cut with a knife into portions.
How to choose and store pumpkin seeds
Seeds are sold in a purified form and a shell, in glaze or salty. Preference should be given to untreated seeds without additives, as they are most useful. Glazed seeds contain dyes, as well as a large amount of sugar or salt.
You can get seeds and yourself: after buying a pumpkin, wash and cut it, remove the core with a spoon and rinse it from the membranes.
Dried seeds can be fried for taste, but the maximum amount of nutrients is contained in raw seeds.
Store pumpkin seeds should be in an airtight container in a dry place for 2-3 months. The seeds can be placed in the fridge to extend the shelf life.