Pumpkin seeds are high in iron, zinc, magnesium, manganese, copper, and healthy fats.
It’s easy to grow your own pumpkins. To grow them specially for seeds, choose a variety that has hull-less seeds, like Austrian Hulless (Koanga Gardens). Each pumpkin of this variety can produce around 120-130g of seeds.
“The seeds are larger and better tasting than all other varieties we have tried, mature in areas with short growingseasons; if you have a longer season they just keep on producing,” says Kay Baxter of Koanga Gardens. Harvest timing is important. “They must be picked when the pumpkins get yellow stripes, and be left for a few weeks before removing the seed,” says Kay. “If you leave the ripe fruit on the vine and it rains, the seeds often sprout inside and become useless.
“When you pick and store them before harvesting the seeds, the seeds will be far better quality.”
The flesh of these pumpkins is reportedly not a nice flavour or texture, although some gardeners use it in pumpkin pies, cakes and cookies. It can also be fed to animals, but apparently, they don’t like it much either.
Keep your Austrian Hulless away from zucchini in the garden if you want pure seeds for sowing next season, as they cross-pollinate.