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Can You Eat Butternut Squash Seeds? Find Out Here!

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What are Butternut Squash Seeds?

Butternut squash seeds are small, round fruits that grow inside the squash plant. They’re edible when cooked, though they taste better raw than cooked.

They’re usually sold whole, unripe, and green. But, some stores sell them already peeled and seeded, making them ready to use right away.

They’re also known as acorn squash seeds because of their shape. Butternut squash seeds are available at most grocery stores and farmers’ markets.

If you’re interested in growing your butternut squash, try this simple guide to help you plant them.

If you’re looking for a healthy snack, try adding them to salads, soups, or desserts. Or, toss them into a salad dressing for extra flavor.

How Do You Eat Squash Seeds?

Squash seeds are a great source of protein and fiber. They’re also delicious when roasted and salted.

But eating squash seeds isn’t easy. The hard shells need a unique tool to crack open. And once cracked open, the seeds must be removed from the surface.

And there’s no way to eat them whole. So how do you eat squash seeds?

Well, you need first to remove the seed coat or single layer. It is done by soaking the green seeds in water overnight. Then, the next day, drain the unshelled seeds and rinse them.

Next, dry the seeds in a dehydrator at 115 degrees F for 24 hours. Finally, roast the seeds until they turn golden brown.

Once you’ve finished roasting the seeds, sprinkle some salt over them and let them sit for 20 minutes. Then, serve them as snacks or add them to a quinoa salad.

How to Clean Squash Seeds?

Squash seeds are hard to clean because they’re covered with a sticky substance called pectin. Pectin sticks to everything, including your hands, clothes, and tools.

  • Try soaking wet squash seeds in cold water overnight to remove this sticky stuff.
  • The next day, drain them and rinse them.
  • Then place them in the freezer until they’re frozen solid.
  • Next, use a potato peeler to scrape off the skin.
  • Finally, dry the seeds and store them in an airtight container.

This method works well for cleaning roasted pumpkin seeds too.

How to Roast Squash Seeds?

Roasting raw squash seeds adds flavor and texture to any dish. They’re great sprinkled over salads, soups, pasta dishes, and pizza.

1. To roast squash seeds, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius).

2. Spread seeds onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil.

3. Bake for 10 minutes.

4. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

5. Once cooled, transfer roasted seeds to a food processor or blender. Pulse until seeds are ground.

6. Add extra salt and cayenne pepper to taste.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

What to do with Roasted Squash Seeds?

Roasted squash seeds are nutritious and delicious. They’re packed with protein and fiber and contain many vitamins and minerals.

But what do you do with them? Well, there are two options.

1. You can eat them raw.

2. If you want to add some extra flavor, you can toss them in a salad, pasta sauce, soup, or stir fry.

If you’ve never tried them, now’s the perfect time to try them out. You can find them at grocery stores nationwide.

How to Bake Squash Seeds?

Baking squash seeds is a great way to use leftover pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds.

  • To bake squash seeds, place them in a large bowl and cover them with water.
  • Let them soak overnight. The next day, drain the seeds and rinse them well.
  • Then put them in a medium-sized pot and fill it with enough water to cover the cup of seeds by 1/2 inch.
  • Bring the water to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, and cook the coated seeds until tender, usually 20 minutes to 45 minutes.
  • Drain the seeds and let them cool.
  • Once cooled, remove the outer shell of each seed by scraping it off with a spoon. Then cut open the seed and scoop out the meat inside. It is where most of the nutrition is located.
  • Place the seeds in a food processor and pulse until chopped. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides of the food processor several times.
  • Transfer the mixture to a small saucepan and add two tablespoons of olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook over medium heat until heated through, and stir.
  • Serve warm or cold.

Helpful Tips

1. To save money, you can buy kernels of pumpkin seeds at Costco. They’re inexpensive and convenient.

2. You can substitute sunflower seeds for the pumpkin seeds if desired.

3. You can also substitute squash pulp for the seeds.

4. You can replace the garlic powder with onion powder or paprika.

5. You can use squash seeds, including acorn, butternut, kabocha, and spaghetti.

7 Benefits of Squash Seeds?

Types of squash seeds are nutritious and delicious. They’re packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and healthy fats.

They’re also a great source of energy. So when you eat fresh squash seeds, you’ll feel full longer and burn calories faster.

Here are seven benefits of eating squash seeds:

1. They help prevent cancer.

2. They boost immunity.

3. They reduce cholesterol.

4. They improve digestion.

5. They contain vitamin C.

6. They’re loaded with iron.

7. They’re rich in zinc.

Last Words

Butternut squash seeds are a delicious snack that will give you lots of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and protein. They’re also very versatile so you can use them in many different ways.

Try adding them to salads, soups, pasta dishes, baked goods, and even smoothies. And if you have any leftover seeds, freeze them for future snacks.

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Amy Toliver

Hey'all I'm Amy, a born foodie and diagnosed with celiac disease 7 years ago. I refused to cave into tasteless, boring gulten free food and create my own! On my blog you'll find info & cool facts along with recipes, all on gluten free foods!