Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkins were originally native to Southern North America and the South East of Mexico, and have been cultivated for thousands of years. They are now grown all over the world.

The word ‘pumpkin’ encompasses several different varieties of edible squashes, which all provide edible seeds. Pumpkins themselves are a type of berry, and the whole plant makes a very versatile foodstuff. Not only are the flesh and seeds edible, but the flowers are stuffed and eaten in Mexico, and pumpkin leaves are used as a vegetable in Africa.

Pumpkin seeds as a foodstuff are also called ‘Pepitas’

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NUTRITIONAL INFO

Macronutrients

  • High in protein
  • Source of fibre
  • Low in salt

 

Vitamins & Minerals

  • High in Potassium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc and Copper
COUNTRIES OF ORGIN
  • China
HARVESTED

November and December

VARIETIES

Pumpkins belong to the Cucurbita plant family, which includes squashes, watermelons and cucumbers. As pumpkins are easy to cross-breed, there are a huge number of varieties which are bred for different uses – including in America particularly, decorative use.

Cucurbita Moschata varieties are grown for commercial use while Curcubita Pepo varieties provide more decorative types.

FORMATS
  • Shelled
OTHER POINTS TO NOTE

Pumpkin is a very low-calorie vegetable, with 100g providing just 26 calories. As such it is often recommended to help with weight control.
Pumpkin seeds were used in traditional American Indian medicine as a means of expelling tapeworms and other parasites.