Pumpkins Seeds roasted in sesame oil and sea salt

 When you cut open your pumpkin to remove the flesh do you throw out the seeds?  If I’m stuck for time I crush them and give them to the hens (see below), but if I have half an hour to spare I roast the seeds.  it’s simple – I leave the outer shell on and just let it crisp up in the oven.  They are quite edible and when cracked reveal the most deliciously green pumpkin seed.  

Raw pumpkin seeds

Pumpkins seeds – good for you and good for your chickens!


  • Preheat the oven to 150 degrees celsius. 
  • Remove the seeds from the inside of the pumpkin and wash well to remove any pulp.  Rinse well.
  • Simmer the seeds in lightly salted water for about ten minutes.  Drain and spread thinly on a baking sheet.
  • Drizzle lightly with sesame oil and a sprinkling of sea salt.
  • Roast for 15-20 minutes turning every five minutes or so. Every time I turn the seeds I take one out to taste.  When the seed is crispy on the outside and the inside is soft and delicious, your snack is ready.  
  • Serve warm from the oven or cold (if you can wait!)  if you find the outside shell too tough, discard it and indulge in the inside instead.
  • Store in an airtight container.

If you are a poultry-keeper, did you know that pumpkin seeds are a natural dewormer for your flock?  Crush the seeds up and scatter them for your chickens and they’ll devour them.


 Happy Halloween!!


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