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About Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds—also known as pepitas—are flat, dark green seeds. Some are encased in a yellow-white husk (often called the “shell”), although some varieties of pumpkins produce seeds without shells. Pumpkin seeds have a malleable, chewy texture and a subtly sweet, nutty flavor. While roasted pumpkins seeds are probably best known for their role as a perennial Halloween treat, these seeds are so delicious, and nutritious, that they can be enjoyed throughout the year. In many food markets, pepitas are available in all of the forms described above—raw and shelled, raw and unshelled, roasted and shelled, roasted and unshelled.

Pumpkin Seeds and kernels can add a delicious taste to any meals. Pumpkin seeds are considered a snack food and are an easy way to add to a healthy diet. When eating, you can enjoy a natural source of nutrition that is free of preservatives that is so common in packaged foods these days. If you have found it too much of a hassle to remove pumpkin seeds from a jack o’ lantern, you have definitely been missing out. Pumpkin seeds provide a natural energy source that you can have at any time of the day. Usually, we can see the following variety of pumpkin seeds and kernels in the market:

***shine skin pumpkin seeds in shell

***shine skin pumpkin kernels

***snow white pumpkin seeds in shell

***snow white pumpkin kernels

***GWS pumpkin kernels

What Is Shine Skin Pumpkin Seed?

Shine skin pumpkin seed is usually from horned melon. And there are also some specific varieties like lady nail seed which is usually in America. Compared with snow white pumpkin seed, shine skin pumpkin seed is a specific variety with white-yellow skin. The abundant protein, zinc salts and different amino acids in the shine skin pumpkin seed makes it do good to preventing premature aging and stimulating reproductive functions. Besides, the pumpkin seeds oil also makes difference to antioxidant, anti-sclerotic and antiulcer.

Though it maybe originated from South America, shine skin pumpkin seed in China is now cultivated in the Northeast, Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia.

What Is shine skin Pumpkin Seed Kernel?

Pumpkin seed kernel also named pepitas is an edible remainder from pumpkin seed which is the fruit of pumpkin generally grown as a field vegetable crop. Pumpkin seed kernel (pepitas) is rich in protein, zinc salts and different amino acids. Pumpkin seeds are sweet, warming, and enter the spleen, stomach, and large intestine. In traditional Chinese medical science, it is usually used for eliminating worms, parasites, bleeding haemorrhoids, constipation, and scanty lactation in breast feeding. Pumpkin seed kernel (pepitas) is a common ingredient in Mexican cuisine and is also roasted and served as a snack with yogurt, bread, salad and so on. And now it’s popular among the youngster around the world.

Though it maybe originated from South America, pumpkin seed kernel in China is now cultivated in Heilongjiang, Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang.

What Is Snow White Pumpkin Seed?

Snow white pumpkin seed is the fruit of pumpkin which looks much bigger than the one grows GWS. Compared to shine skin pumpkin seed, snow white pumpkin seed is always in ideal white skin which is very beautiful. Snow white pumpkin seed contains nearly up to 52 percent oil and 30 percent protein, zinc salts and different amino acids and vitamin E. And it usually used for bakery and snack, which is also very popular among young people.

Though it maybe originated from South America, snow white pumpkin seed in China is now cultivated in the Northeast and Inner Mongolia.

What Is GWS(Grow Without Shell)?

GWS is the abbreviation of grow without shell. GWS is the fruit of the pumpkin which is a variation of Chinese pumpkin and American pumpkin. Because the seed’s shell has degenerated into a thin layer of membrane, it’s much easier to eat. Compared to pumpkin seed kernel(pepitas), GWS is in a deeper green color. Besides, GWS could also be refined into a kind of high-grade nutrition health edible oil.

As a hybridization breed, GWS(grow without shell) in China is widely cultivated in Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang nowadays.

shine skin pumpkin kernels, AA grade

How to Choose Good Quality Pumpkin Seeds?

Recently with the increasing emphasis on healthy living. pumpkin seeds and kernels are more and more popular. And today we’d like to share something about how to choose good quality pumpkin seed.

1, Look at the color of the shell. Shell color with natural luster should be basically the same;

2, Look at the shape of the shell. Pumpkin seed shell should be full, with Uniform Size;

3, Pinch with fingers. A sense of compactness while pinching will be good choice;

4, Try the moisture. Choose the one with low moisture. The one more easier to be fragile after being bitten will be good choice;

5, Look at the kernel. The kernel which is full, crunch with large and even size will be good choice;

6, Pumpkin seeds with sweet flavor but not greasy are much better.

Please pay attention, do not choose the pumpkin seeds too greasy or too bright. This kind of pumpkin seeds is probably manually processed, some people may add chemical constituents to pumpkin seeds during frying.

As for us, usually we choose raw pumpkin seeds from best origin and our quality inspector will monitor the whole process to make sure the high quality.

Nutritional Benefits of pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin Seeds are rich in many different kinds of minerals that can help your body avoid a serious illness such as heart attacks and prostate cancer. Pumpkin Seeds include minerals such as:

***Zinc

***Magnesium

***Vitamin A
Pumpkin Seeds are a very heart-healthy snack. They can keep your blood pressure in check and lower the chances of having a heart attack and a stroke. Being rich in these certain types of minerals can help promote different things like better vision and healthier bones. On the other hand, pumpkin seeds can also help you sleep better, fight acne, lower your risk of prostate cancer and keep you immune to common colds and the flu.  If pregnant, zinc can specifically guard against low birth weight for your baby.

GWS pumpkin kernels, AA grade

Pumpkin Kernels’ Benefits:

1. Pumpkin seeds kernels rich in plant protein, the protein content of 30% -40%, children often eat very good to the body.

2, Pumpkin seeds kernels with high content of unsaturated fatty acids, can play a role in maintaining low blood lipid levels, protect the brain, and has some antihypertensive effect.

3, Pumpkin seeds kernels can prevent the occurrence of kidney stones, but also can promote patients to discharge stones.

4, Pumpkin seeds in the active ingredient and rich in zinc, prostate health effects.

5, Pumpkin is rich in zinc, involved in the human body nucleic acid, protein synthesis, is an inherent component of the adrenal cortex hormones, the human body is an important material for growth and development.

6. Pumpkin seeds kernels are also effective repellent and have no toxicity or any side effects.

The function of pumpkin seeds

1, Detoxification

Pumpkin seed contains vitamins and pectin. Pectin has good adsorption and it can eliminate bacterial toxins and other harmful substances such as lead and mercury in the body, which make it play a role of detoxification.

2, Protect gastric mucosa and help digestion

Pectin in pumpkin seed could also protect gastric mucosa from stimulation of rough food and promote ulcer healing. Which is suitable for patients with gastric disease. Besides, pumpkin seed could also promote bile secretion, strengthen gastrointestinal peristalsis, and help digestion food.

3, Prevent and treat diabetes, reduce blood sugar

Pumpkin is rich in cobalt, which could promote hematopoietic function, and participate in the synthesis of vitamin B12 that could make effect on preventing and treating diabetes and reducing blood sugar.

4, Eliminate carcinogens

Pumpkin seed can eliminate the mutagenic effect of carcinogen nitrosamine. It could do good to preventing cancer, help the recovery of liver and kidney function, and enhance the regeneration ability of liver and renal cells.

snow white pumpkin seeds

How to Eat Pumpkin Seed Healthily?

Pumpkin Seed

Alias: Pepitas

Not suitable for: patients with stomach fever

Suitable for: general population, especially suitable for people with poor health conditions

Tips for eating pumpkin seed

***Not suitable to eat with:

A, Mutton: May cause abdominal distention, chest distress etc.;

B, Coffee: May have a negative effect on the absorption of iron

***Suitable to eat with:

A, Areca catechu: Could drive out hookworms and roundworms;

B, Honey: Could drive out roundworms;

C, Sugar: Could treat bilharziasis effectively;

D, Peanut: Could improve infantile malnutrition.

Pumpkin seed also known as pepitas is the edible seed of pumpkin. When it’s dehulled, people may roasted it and make it with salt. It’s a popular snack. And in China, it’s not only snack, but also a kind of Chinese herbal medicines with important effect. Pumpkin seeds are rich in nutrients which do good to the body, and today let’s have a look at the function and effect of pumpkin seeds.

shine skin pumpkin seeds

Storage

Recommended storage:  Dry, odor-free area, best kept in sealed containers in cool temperatures (40° to 45°F)

Pumpkin seeds are generally available in prepackaged containers as well as bulk bins. Just as with any other food that you may purchase in the bulk section, make sure that the bins containing the pumpkin seeds are covered and that the store has a good product turnover so as to ensure the seeds’ maximal freshness. Whether purchasing pumpkin seeds in bulk or in a packaged container, make sure that there is no evidence of moisture or insect damage and that they are not shriveled. If it is possible to smell the pumpkin seeds, do so in order to ensure that they are not rancid or musty.

We recommend that you purchase certified organic raw pumpkin seeds and then light-roast them yourself (see next section on how to do so). By purchasing organic, you will avoid unnecessary exposure to potential contaminants. By purchasing raw, you will be able to control the roasting time and temperature, and avoid unnecessary damage to helpful fats present in the seeds. At the same time, you will be able to bring out the full flavors of the pumpkin seeds through roasting.

Pumpkin seeds should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. While they may stay edible for several months, they seem to lose their peak freshness after about one to two months.


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