of Pumpkin Seeds
At Purition, we’re proud that our products only contain real food ingredients, and our delicious blend of seeds and nuts is carefully considered for maximum nutritional value and taste. One key ingredient in our protein powders is pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are one of our 7 core ingredients, and we stay far away from synthetic vitamins and ultra-processed ingredients.
To make it all a little easier, we’ve compiled everything we know about pumpkin seeds into this handy guide, so you can get clued up on this super seed.
Whether you want to get clued up on pumpkin seeds nutrition data, or are looking for healthy pumpkin seed recipe ideas to try, look no further! Read on to learn everything you need to know.
Pumpkin seeds health benefits
Pumpkin seeds are a popular snack, providing plenty of energy due to naturally occurring healthy fats and 35% protein content.
Pumpkin seeds are a nutrient-dense powerhouse of a seed, which is why we’ve included them as a key ingredient in our protein powders.
Pumpkin seeds nutrition data
- Low in sodium
- Cholesterol free
- High in fibre
- Full of valuable nutrients
- High in antioxidants
- Very high in magnesium (helps to control blood pressure & regulate blood sugar levels)
What’s more, pumpkin seeds help to support good sleep, too. This is because they contain tryptophan, an amino acid that’s been linked to improvements in a restful night’s sleep.
It’s a win win to include pumpkin seeds in your diet, which is why they’re a core ingredient of ours.
Pumpkin seeds & Purition
- We chop the whole seeds for 30 seconds
- We only chop enough for that day’s production
- The pumpkin seeds make up one of our 7 core ingredients
The pumpkin seeds we source for our Purition protein powder blend are far from the bitter, stale options you may be familiar with in supermarkets. We include pumpkin kernels in our recipe, which originate from Northern Greece. Pumpkin seeds have been grown and harvested in Greece for thousands of years.
The area we source our pumpkin seeds from has well irrigated soil, and a mild mediterranean climate makes for favourable conditions. This means our pumpkin kernels are grown in particularly clean, pure and fertile soil.
Sowing takes place as soon as the weather starts to get warmer. This is around early April, with harvesting taking place in late August. These pumpkin seeds are traditionally enjoyed by locals in their shells, roasted and salted. A small percentage is sorted, cleaned and dehulled (taken out of the hard outer shell) into kernels (the inner soft part).
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We care about our ingredients
We’ve literally gone the extra mile to source our ingredients, finding the finest pumpkin seeds to ensure the best possible flavours with every blend. Due to their growing process, out Greek pumpkin seeds have one of the highest percentages of naturally occuring proteins in the world (35%). This ideally suits Purition, whose philosophy is to provide delicious alternative meals that are packed with protein without compromising on flavour.
This can be compared to other products on the market. For example, most commercially available pumpkin seeds (also known as Pepitas in North America and Australian) are grown without the hard outer shell and are sourced from China. They are very dark green, quite broad and flat and prone to bitterness.
By contrast, our Greek pumpkin seeds are grown in the shell and once dehulled are much lighter in colour, narrow and plump which results in a beautiful, mild taste with a softer texture.
We care about our suppliers
We think being on first name terms with the supplier and having visited the supplier and growers makes a real difference.
Here at Purition we go the extra distance to have as much farm-to-table traceability as possible, whilst actively championing less food miles by always buying from within the EU.
We care about you!
When we started Purition back in 2012, our guiding principles were to make it the best we could regardless of costs and for a food product that means never settling for less than the very best tasting, best farmed ingredients.
Pumpkin seed recipe ideas
Raw or roasted pumpkin seeds can be enjoyed on your salad, or added into your soup, or sprinkled in a chicken wrap! It’s completely up to you. They provide a tasty additional crunch and are packed with nutrients, so if you’re inspired to take your love for pumpkin seeds one step further, check out the tips and inspiration below.
How to prepare pumpkin seeds
Before you add this great little seed to your dishes, make sure you prepare them properly. Clean the seeds by tipping them into a sieve and washing them under cold water. Be sure to pull away any of the pulp, too.
How to roast pumpkin seeds
The best way to cook pumpkin seeds is to roast them.
- Boil some salted water in a pan
- Boil the clean seeds for up to 10 minutes (this depends on how their specific size)
- Drain the seeds on a kitchen towel
- Preheat your oven to 180C / Gas 4
- Add the seeds to a baking tray with a little oil and seasoning (your choice!) We recommend salt, soy sauce, garlic powder or pumpkin spice seasoning to get started.
- Roast your seeds flat in the oven for around 10 minutes
- Allow seeds to cool and enjoy!
Pumpkin seeds recipes
Inspired? Check out Purition’s delicious recipes here:
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