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Pumpkin seeds

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Scientific name – Cucurbita pepo

White unshelled and green shelled pumpkin seeds. They are used for a wide variety of squashes as well as the traditional Halloween pumpkin. The seeds are usually toasted as a snack food.

Richer in iron than any other seed and an excellent source of zinc, pumpkin seeds make a nutritious snack eaten on their own. They are also delicious lightly toasted tossed in a little toasted sesame seed oil or soy sauce and stirred into a mixed leaf or rice salad. Pumpkin seeds are widely used in South American cooking where they are generally roasted and ground to make into sauces.