Life Story of the Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are the edible seeds of a pumpkin or other types of squash. Pumpkin seeds are most common in Mexican cuisine. Squash are considered to be one of the earliest crops to be domesticated, with evidence dating back 10,000 years ago. They even come before crops like maize and common beans!
Pumpkin seeds may be small, but don’t let their size fool you. These seeds are filled with valuable nutrients! They're high in antioxidants like carotenoids and Vitamin E. Antioxidants can reduce inflammation and protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals. Pumpkin seeds are also one of the best natural sources of magnesium, which are important for blood pressure, heart and bone health, and blood sugar levels. So, don’t think that pumpkin seeds are only for the fall! With health benefits like this, you should eat them all year round.