Pumpkin seeds RULE!

Hello,
I never tasted baked pumpkin seeds before last Sunday, and never knew what I was missing!!! They're like massive sunflower seeds that don't need to be shelled!! :) I salted them, put them single-layer on a cookie sheet in the oven for 10 minutes at 325F and viola, instant super-treat :) These pumpkins were the "Triple Treat" Burpee seed variety.
However, a word of warning - they tend to pop like popcorn all over the oven, so put a layer of aluminum foil over the top of the sheet to keep them from spraying all over the oven :)
Dan
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Not us! We took the seeds and pulp of 5 pumpkins at my folks' place as well as the seeds and pulp of our own 3, and spread them all over the far back of our yard. Next year we should have quite the pumpkin patch back there. :P
James
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JNJ said:

You'll also have a lot of fat and sassy squirrels and birds. Pumpkin seeds are a particular favorite. I've seen them eaten by crows, jays, and cardinals as well as red and fox squirrels. And I don't doubt that they are gobbled up by night-time critters as well.
Since pumpkins (with the aid of bees) are prodigious out-crossers, what grows next year might look like pumpkins or like some weird squash.
It will be interesting...
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LOL -- I've no doubt you're right. We have a 15' x 15' feeder area for the birds and such so they tend to forage there first and the squirrels have so many walnuts to munch on that even THEIR appetites might be satisfied. <Grin> I figure some of the seeds will likely survive though which iscool -- if not, it's no biggie. We can always buy seeds for whatever we actually PLAN to grow next year. :)

This is true. I'll post back next year on just what comes up. :)
James
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Did you grow them? Harvesting/opening the pumpkin to reveal the seeds neatly waiting is a wonder (but somewhat time-consuming...I wonder what the commercial process is like!?) -David
: Hello, : : I never tasted baked pumpkin seeds before last Sunday, and never knew : what I was missing!!! They're like massive sunflower seeds that don't : need to be shelled!! :) I salted them, put them single-layer on a : cookie sheet in the oven for 10 minutes at 325F and viola, instant : super-treat :) These pumpkins were the "Triple Treat" Burpee seed : variety. : : However, a word of warning - they tend to pop like popcorn all over : the oven, so put a layer of aluminum foil over the top of the sheet to : keep them from spraying all over the oven :) : : Dan :
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wrote:

I would guess they shred the entire squash plant, and the seeds float to the top of a vat of water. That's how I separated the seeds from my pumpkin....put them in a bowl of water and nearly all the seeds floated.
It seems to be an extremely easy process to mass produce...simply dump in a large vat of water and skim the seeds off. Maybe one day we'll see salted pumpkin seeds on the store shelves :)
Dan
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On 11/6/03 4:20 PM, in article snipped-for-privacy@news.ptd.net, "dstvns"

They are there already - pepitas - find them in the Mexican section or with the dried fruit and nuts.
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???
They occasionally sell David brand salted pumpkin seeds at Walmart, K- mart and Walgreens. Walgreens also carries some other brand (thin bag with orange color), not quite as tasty and with added coloring (boo-hoo). Found in the seed aisle with sunflower seeds and nuts. Never seen them in the Mexican aisle
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You will ALSO find about 2kg of pumpkin seeds in my backpacking stash, mixed up with peanuts and dried apples! I LOVE those things, and good thing my fiance doesn't, so by the end of the bag, she has distilled off the garbage (peanuts, raisons, dried fruit) and left the food of the gods behind. That last day on the trail, with the pumpkin seeds left, is about the best thing going!
What recipes do you guys use? I usually salt them VERY lightly, then roast them, but I had some the other day that seemed like they were seasoned somehow?
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Try cumin, and BBQ spice.
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I like to make my own roasted seeds. Just soak dried seeds in salty water then roast in oven or toast them in a large skillet. Make several pound of them and eat for months, weeks in my case.
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dstvns wrote:

Salted roasted pumpkin seeds are widely available over here - just go to the Greek/Asian/other-ethniticy food stores.
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If you have squash, the seeds from them taste every bit as good as those from pumpkins. The variety of squash we grew this year were rather tasteless, but the seeds were great! :)
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