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Pumpkin seed properties

The properties of pumpkin seeds range from vermifuge action to fighting urinary disorders such as cystitis and enlarged prostate. They are rich in minerals and therefore have a beneficial effect on the human organism. Collected from certain plants of the Cucurbitaceae family, if consumed regularly, they promote the detachment of parasites that lurk in the intestine, facilitating their expulsion. They also provide a valuable aid to bladder muscle tone, helping to prevent discomfort that may appear over time.

Pumpkin seeds are considered the 'poor relatives' of the oilseed family, but they are a very nutritious food and contain very useful active ingredients; they are made up of approximately 50% fat, 24% carbohydrates and 18% protein. Magnesium, zinc, selenium and phosphorus, as well as vitamin E and curcubitin are just some of the minerals that make up these valuable allies of a balanced diet.

Let's take a look at the properties of pumpkin seeds and the nutritional values contained in 100g:

  • Fat g 49.05
  • Calories 446
  • Carbohydrates g 10.71
  • Proteins g 30.23
  • Fibers g 6
  • Sugars g 1.4
  • Water g 5.23
  • Calcium mg 46 
  • Sodium mg 7
  • Phosphorus mg 1233
  • Potassium mg 809
  • Iron mg 8.82
  • Magnesium mg 592
  • Vitamin B1 mg 0.273
  • Vitamin B2 mg 0.1
  • Vitamin B3 mg 4.987
  • Vitamina  mg 1.9

The properties of pumpkin seeds are also very useful in the kitchen, either eaten in their natural state as an aperitif snack or dried and roasted in the oven without salt. Cucurbita stiriana pumpkin seeds are green in colour and their shells are so soft that they do not need to be peeled. They can be easily prepared at home: once the pumpkin has been cleaned, wash the seeds and place them on a baking tray covered with greaseproof paper; toast them at 180° until they become crispy. Moreover, if cooked in water and milk, they become an excellent alternative to orzata, useful against insomnia.