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How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

When the air starts getting a little crisp, pumpkins start appearing and How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds will show you how to make one of our favorite fall treats.

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“The pumpkin is a uniquely American plant, widely regarded as one of the most magical plants in all the world.”

Seth Adam Smith, Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern

How to pick out a good pumpkin

  1. Look at the stem

You want to pick a pumpkin that has a dark green stem, according to Better Homes & Gardens. You wan to avoid stems that are dried out, mushy, or brown in color.

2. It should sound hollow

When you tap the pumpkin, it should sound hollow. Put your ear to the pumpkin and hit the other side with your knuckles.

3. The skin should be firm

Check the pumpkin for firm skin. Avoid pumpkins with soft spots.

Interesting facts about pumpkins

Raw Pumpkin cut up into slices with pumpkin seeds

Pumpkins originated in Central America, according to the Farmers Almanac.

Pumpkins are not a vegetable, they are a fruit.

The earliest pumpkin pie made in America was nothing like the pumpkin pie we enjoy today. Early settlers hallowed out pumpkins and filled them with honey, milk, along with spices and baked them.

Illinois leads the nation as the state that produces the most pumpkins. Most of the pumpkins harvested in the area goes into making pumpkin pie filling.

Morton, IL is know as the Pumpkin Capital of the World because 85% of the world’s canned pumpkin is packed at the Libby plant.

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Ingredients you’ll need to make roasted pumpkin seeds

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Here’s How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Seeds from a large pumpkin, rinsed and dried

2 tablespoons olive oil

sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions for Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, toss the pumpkin seeds with the olive oil.
  3. Scatter pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake pumpkin seeds for 7-9 minutes, until light brown and crispy. (Keep your eye on them – every oven’s temperature is different and you don’t want them to burn.)

Printable Version of How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Yield: 1 cup, approximately

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds - Roasted Pumpkin Seeds in a Wooden bowl next to a pumpkin

As soon as the air turns crisp, pumpkins start appearing in our grocery stores. Roasting pumpkin seeds is an autumn treat that should not be missed.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • Seeds from a large pumpkin, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, toss the pumpkin seeds with the olive oil.
  3. Scatter the pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Baked pumpkin seeds for 7-9 minutes, until light brown and crispy. (Keep your eye on them, everyone's oven is different and you don't want them to burn!)

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 72Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 75mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 0g

Tips for making roasted pumpkin seeds

  1. Keep an eye on the pumpkin seeds so they don’t burn.
  2. Roasted pumpkin seeds are a great soup topper idea.
  3. If you don’t dry the seeds before you put them in the oven, it’s going to take longer to cook.

How long does roasted pumpkin seeds last?

You can store the roasted pumpkin seeds in an airtight container and they will last two weeks, but I doubt they will last that long.

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