Also known as nuggets, pumpkin seeds are found inside many cucurbit plants. Usually, the seeds are green and flat and are enclosed in a white or yellow envelope. They are a great addition to any healthy diet as they are rich in magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, copper, protein and zinc. Although seed wrap is also edible, people often find it too hard. To get the seeds out of the husk, break them and boil them, or simply peel them one by one with your hands.
Method 1 of 3: Peeling a Large Serving of Pumpkin Seeds
Step 1. Take the seeds out of the pumpkin
To eat fresh seeds, buy a pumpkin from the market and take the seeds out of it. To start, carefully cut a circle from the top of the pumpkin, around the cabin. Then remove the cut part.
- With your hands or with the help of a spoon, remove the entire inside of the pumpkin.
- In addition to the seeds, you will also scrape off an orange pulp that must be removed in the washing later on. For now, add the seeds and pulp in a bowl.
Step 2. Clean the seeds
After scraping the inside of the pumpkin, clean the seeds until all the juice and pulp are removed. Put them in a colander and wash them in fresh water in the kitchen sink until the pulp is almost completely out.
It's okay if there's a little pulp in the seeds. It can be really hard to get out. Still, you should make an effort to remove as much as possible, especially if you want to roast the seeds. Excess pulp can end up burning in the oven
Step 3. Roll the seeds with a rolling pin
Now it's time to start stripping the seed's protective husk. The cone is non-toxic, so you can even leave it if you prefer. However, most people prefer to eat only the soft seeds. To begin removing the husk, spread the seeds on a hard surface such as a bench or cutting board.
- Distribute the seeds evenly, avoiding piling them up.
- Take a noodle roll and gently roll it over the seeds, using just a little force to crack the husks.
- Be careful not to push too hard. Otherwise, you could end up damaging the seeds. Apply just enough pressure to superficially break the shells.
Step 4. Boil the seeds for approximately five minutes
Boil a pot of water large enough to accommodate all the seeds. Then drop the seeds into the water. Boiling will loosen the husks from the seeds.
- Keep an eye on the seeds and remove them from the heat after most of the husks are loose. The cones will float in the water or accumulate at the bottom of the pan.
- This process usually takes about five minutes, but it can be faster or longer depending on the amount of seeds. A handful of seeds should only take a couple of minutes to lose their husks, while a larger portion may need nearly ten minutes in the fire.
Step 5. Remove seeds from heat and allow to cool
After the husks are gone, remove the seeds from the fire. Drain them in a sieve or a colander and let them dry.
- Place the seeds to dry on a tray or on a paper towel-covered bench to soak up the water.
- If there are still pieces of bark stuck to the seeds, pull them out by hand after the seeds are dry. First, however, don't forget to wash your hands.
Method 2 of 3: Peeling the Seeds One by One
Step 1. Take the pumpkin seeds and wash them
If you have chosen fresh seeds, you will first need to remove them from inside the pumpkin. Cut a circle in the top of the pumpkin and remove the cut part by pulling it through the cabinet. Then scrape the pulp and seeds with your hands. To wash the seeds, place them in a colander under cold running water.
- Take as much of the pulp as you can, especially if you are going to roast the seeds. Otherwise, the pulp may burn in the oven.
- Place the seeds on a flat surface and dry them with a paper towel. If they are still wet, wait a while before peeling them.
- If you prefer cooked seeds, roast them before peeling them.
Step 2. Take a seed and bend it gently until it cracks
If you just want to taste the pure seeds instead of preparing a super elaborate recipe, peel them as you eat. To start with, take a seed and bend it slightly.
- To bend the seed, hold half of the seed between your thumb and forefinger. Grasp the other end with the thumb and forefinger of your free hand.
- Fold the seed in half until the husk cracks. This usually doesn't require a lot of effort. Pumpkin seed husks are not that hard.
Step 3. Remove the shell
Once the husk has cracked, loosen it from the seed with your fingers. Slip your thumb into the crack and pull the shell up until it snaps in half. Tear off one of the halves, followed by the other.
If the seed still has small pieces of husk attached, wash it under running water to loosen them
Method 3 of 3: Eating the Seeds
Step 1. Enjoy the raw seeds like a snack
Raw pumpkin seeds are super popular as well as nutritious. After all, they are rich in fiber, magnesium, copper, selenium and zinc. Seeds are also an excellent source of protein, so they make a great snack for vegans and vegetarians.
- Normally, people have no difficulty eating pumpkin seeds, especially if they are without the husks. However, if a few pieces of bark are left behind, you may end up with a slight stomachache.
- Thoroughly remove the pieces of husk if you are going to serve the seeds to the children. Otherwise, they might end up choking.
Step 2. Fry the pumpkin seeds
There are several ways to prepare pumpkin seeds, including frying them in olive oil. Pour some oil into a skillet. Use enough to cover the entire bottom. The exact amount, however, will depend on how many seeds you want to fry.
- Heat the oil for a few minutes and add the seeds. Fry them until they start to pop.
- Then add a tablespoon of refined sugar. Fry the seeds until they burst again and remove them from the heat. Let it cool and enjoy!
Step 3. Bake the pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds can be baked in a preheated oven at 190°C. To do this, spread them on a baking sheet.
- If you prefer pure seeds, put them in the oven without anything. Some people, however, like to season them with curry, chipotle flakes, or cayenne pepper. To sweeten the seeds, you can use cloves, cinnamon or nutmeg.
- Bake the seeds for about 20 minutes, or until they turn golden.