2. Protect the gastric mucosa and help digestion
3. Prevent diabetes and lower blood sugar
4. Eliminate carcinogens
5. Promote growth and development
6. Pumpkin seeds have a good effect on killing parasites in the human body
7. Pumpkin seeds protect the male prostate
8. Pumpkin seeds help improve sperm quality
9. Pumpkin seeds help lower blood pressure
10. Pumpkin seeds can prevent gum recession
If all pepitas are pumpkin seeds, does that mean that all pumpkin seeds are pepitas?
Many people use the words pepitas and pumpkin seeds interchangeably, but are they actually the same thing? As it turns out, there is a difference between the two: pepita isn’t just the fantastic way to say pumpkin seed (even though it does sound pretty cool).
What is the difference between pumpkin seeds and pepitas?
Pepitas and pumpkin seeds are actually two different things. (And they haven’t hulled pumpkin seeds, either!) A pepita is harvested from specific hull-less pumpkin varieties, known as Styrian or Oil Seed pumpkins. They even have hip names like Lady Godiva, Naked Bear, and Kakai Hulless Pumpkin. Any other type of pumpkin produces a hulled seed that’s slightly fibrous and less tender.
You can undoubtedly substitute one for the other. Still, there is a rule: you can always substitute pepitas for pumpkin seeds, but it’s best to only substitute pumpkin seeds for recipes that call for pepitas as a garnish. So, you wouldn’t want to use pumpkin seeds to make this cilantro-pepita pesto recipe, but you could use them as a garnish for this slow cooker sweet potato soup recipe.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds（Baking Pumpkin Seeds）
1.Dig the flesh of the pumpkin out of the pumpkin and put it in a bowl.
2.Separate the pumpkin seeds from the pulp and silk.
3.Put pumpkin seeds in a strainer or colander, and dispose of the rest.
4.Rinse the pumpkin seeds with cold water.
5.Soak the pumpkin seeds in saltwater.
- Fill a bowl with 2/3 total water.
- Put salt into the water until it is saturated.
- Put the pumpkin seeds in the saline solution and soak for 8 to 28 hours.
- Drain the water from the bowl.
6.Drain the pumpkin seeds with kitchen paper.
7.Season the pumpkin seeds.
- Sprinkle some salt.
- Mix each cup of pumpkin seeds with one tablespoon of vegetable oil, olive oil, or canola oil until the pumpkin seeds are evenly coated in the oil. It will help other seasonings adhere to the pumpkin seeds.
- Replace the oil with melted butter.
- Use bay laurel, crab seasoning, chili powder, Worcester sauce, garlic powder, cajun seasoning, or other flavor-stimulating condiments to make salty and spicy snacks.
- Season with sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg to make a sweet snack.
- Put pumpkin seeds into sauces, such as hot sauce, soy sauce, Worcester sauce, etc.
- Consider trying other seasoning powders, such as garlic powder, meat steak spices, pasta spices, etc.
8.Spread the pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet or pizza pan.
9.Bake pumpkin seeds.
- Microwave oven