Pumpkin Seeds are thought to have originated in the ancient Americas. It was one of the first wild plants cultivated for human consumption in the area, which combined with its nutritional properties and easy storage, made it an important part of its culinary history. Thanks to its high content of minerals, Pumpkin Seeds have long been considered a healthy ingredient that should be part of a well-balanced diet.
Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are a good source of magnesium, manganese, iron, zinc, and copper. Magnesium helps improve mood and sleep, while manganese plays a role in collagen production and promotes skin and bone health. Iron and copper are involved with energy production, and iron also helps transport oxygen to our cells. Zinc supports immunity, skin health, and vision. Just one serving of pumpkin seeds can supply 14 to 42% of the daily target for these essential nutrients.
You can sprinkle pumpkin seeds on just about anything, from oatmeal or porridge to salads, cooked vegetables, stir-frys, soups, whole grain dishes and desserts.