Halloween is coming, and the autumn harvest is underway. Have you picked your pumpkin yet?
Pumpkin-carving is a Halloween highlight, as folks create jack-o-lanterns to adorn porches, front steps, balconies, ledges, and other spots. Of course, roasted pumpkin seeds are a perennial favorite treat.
Cut the lid off the pumpkin, and pull out the pulp. Separate the seeds, and wipe off the stringy pumpkin pulp. Place the seeds in a strainer or colander.
Wash the pumpkin seeds before setting them on doubled paper towels. Blot them dry with additional paper towels.
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees (F).
Melt two tablespoons of margarine (or olive oil) in a large frying pan or skillet. Stir in one tablespoon of sea salt (or regular table salt).
Add pumpkin seeds (about two cups). Saute for a few minutes over a medium heat until seeds are shiny and well-coated.
Spread the pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes at 300 degrees (F).
Use a spatula to remove pumpkin seeds to a large platter. Allow them to cool (to the touch) and crisp before eating this yummy Halloween favorite treat.
If desired, toss pumpkin seeds with your choice of flavorings, such as cinnamon, curry powder, garlic, taco seasoning, or even grated parmesan cheese.
Want a few more variations for using pumpkin seeds?
Try these creative Halloween recipes and ideas from a variety of fellow writers.
How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds – by Kathleen Dougherty
Roasting pumpkin seeds is a fun fall activity. Children love helping, and it provides a healthy snack much cheaper than buying them in the store.
Best Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – by Margie Lynn
This year when you make your Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns with the kids, save the seeds and roast them.
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds: a Sweet and Savory Recipe – By Melissa J. Murphy
Toasting pumpkin seeds is a great way to make a special snack during the fall holidays. With different spices, this recipe can be changed in a number of ways.
Math Activities with Pumpkin Seeds – by Sara Hickman
You have carved your pumpkins. Now, what can you do with all those pumpkin seeds from carving pumpkins? How about dry them and use them for math. Try these free counting manipulative with just a little work.
Pumpkin Patch Pile by Loadmaster
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