Believe it or not, seeds are not only edible, but some are perfectly safe to eat, even if they are a bit bitter or strong tasting. You don’t have to go out and buy a seed or vegetable seed catalog to find seeds to add to your diet; they are in the grocery store, in the produce section, in the spice aisle, and in the produce section of the grocery store.
There are over 20,000 edible seeds in the world, with thousands more being discovered every year. Some are grown for their unique flavors and textures, while others are used to produce pharmaceuticals, food, and fiber. Still, others are eaten for their medicinal properties.
While some seeds are edible, others are poisonous. Most are poisonous only in very small amounts and some are not poisonous at all. This post will talk about the most common edible seeds that can be easily found:
- Flax Seeds
You’ve heard of flax seeds as an ingredient, but did you know these tiny seeds are edible on their own? Flax seeds are actually whole seeds, which are also known as flaxseed. The seeds themselves are often brown or greenish and are used to make foods and beverages. Flax seeds are also used to make fiber, ground into flaxseed meal, which is then processed into flax oil.
Flax seeds are known to be high in Omega 3 fatty acids, but they also contain many other nutrients. Flax seeds can be eaten whole or ground, and they can be used in many different dishes as well. They are used in bread, muffins, cookies, and cakes, as well as in smoothies, soups, and salads. Flax seeds can also be added to cereal and yogurt.
- Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are a unique superfood that is high in fiber, protein, antioxidants, and omega fatty acids. They are also a source of calcium and are great for your health. Although chia seeds are primarily used as a superfood, they are also used in many recipes. They are also used as a laxative, which can be very effective.
- Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are edible seeds that come from the pumpkin plant. There are two kinds of pumpkin seeds—those that grow on the plant’s flower and those that grow on the pumpkin plant’s stem. The sesame seeds are also edible seeds that come from the sesame plant. Eating these edible seeds can be a fun activity with your family or friends and can also give you some health benefits.
- Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower Seeds are edible seeds that are grown for their seed oil. They come in various colors, shapes, sizes, and flavors. They can be eaten whole or can be ground into fine meals. They are a source of protein, which is often a primary concern in vegetarian diets. A plentiful supply of seeds makes it easier to grow a healthy, balanced vegetarian diet with a variety of healthy ingredients.
- Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds are consumed by humans all around the world. Hemp seeds are often consumed as a food supplement, or used in dietary recipes. The seeds consist of numerous nutritious and high in protein. If you want to increase your protein intake, the consumption of hemp seeds would surely be the best choice.
The good thing about the seeds is that it is easy to find, and can be found in any grocery stores or health food stores. Also, it is not difficult to cook with the seeds, and it is cost-effective.
- Sesame Seeds
Do you know what sesame seeds are? They are a non-seed seed that looks like a tiny brown sweet. They are commonly used in Asian cuisines to make things like oil, bread, salad, and seasoning. They are also sometimes used as a binder in food.
They have a lot of fiber, fiber, a number of minerals, and a healthy amount of protein. They’re also rich in some vitamins and antioxidants. They have a great balance of all of the nutrients we need to succeed in this world.
How to properly clean your seeds
Seeds are one of the most nutritious foods in the world, and they can be great to have around the house, especially in the kitchen. However, they are not the easiest thing to clean. It’s pretty easy to throw your seeds in a bowl of water and let them soak overnight, but some seeds are not that easy to clean.
Some seeds, like sunflower seeds, you can just dump into the trash without a second thought. Since seeds are part of the plant, they can be contaminated with pesticides and herbicides from the soil or water used to grow them.
To clean them you can wash them in a bowl of cold water with a dash of liquid dish soap and then rinse with fresh water. Rinse thoroughly. Let them dry completely before storing them. Some people also recommend boiling the seeds before eating.
Others, like pumpkin seeds, are not only good to eat but can also be a good source of protein and vitamins. However, because they are so nutritious, they can also be a pain to clean.
You should be prepared to remove the outer shell of the seeds with a dry brush or a spoon. Then, rinse them lightly and let them soak in water for a day. After that, you should be able to remove the inner shell easily and clean them.
Is it OK to eat seeds everyday?
Should you eat seeds every day? The short answer is no, you should not eat seeds every day. The longer answer is, it depends. For the most part, seeds are healthy, but some are not.
They do contain a lot of healthy fats, fiber, and protein but they also contain a lot of phytic acids which prevents the body from absorbing them.
When you digest seeds, they begin to break down, and this process begins to feed phytic acid to the body, and this is why it is not good to eat seeds every day.
What seeds are not edible?
It’s no secret that most of the food we eat is made up of seeds. But what about the ones that aren’t? Have you ever heard of a seed that’s not edible? If you don’t know, you’re not alone, and that’s why we created this blog.
There are a lot of foods that you think are edible, but you cannot eat them for some reason. They might be toxic, they may have been contaminated during the production, or you may have had bad luck with a particular variety of a plant.
- Mahua Seeds
There is a lot of confusion surrounding the labeling of Mahua fruit. In the West, Mahua trees are mostly used for their fruit, while in India it is mostly the seeds that are harvested. So, even if you buy Mahua seeds in the West, they are not very safe to eat. In the West, Mahua seeds are said to contain cyanide, and can even be fatal if they are ingested.
However, Asian countries have had no reported cases of Mahua seeds being used as a poison, so this should not be a huge worry. The Mahua fruit is also said to contain a toxin called amygdalin, which is supposed to be the reason that Mahua seeds should not be consumed.
- Jojoba Seeds
People would strongly caution against eating the seeds as they are considered non-edible, and are dangerous from the standpoint that they are a potential allergen and also contain a high amount of antioxidants.