What to do with pumpkin seeds once you’ve carved your jack-o-lantern

Pumpkin season is underway in Vermont.

Local farms offering pumpkins include: Isham Family Farm in Williston, Intervale Community Farm in Burlington, Sam Mazza’s Farm Market in Colchester, Paul Mazza’s Fruit and Vegetable Stand in Essex Junction, and Whitcomb’s Land of Pumpkins in Williston.

The question is though: after you carve a pumpkin, scoop out the ‘guts,’ and place a candle inside, what can be done with the seeds?

The answer is: a lot! Food, gardening, and art are some of the many applications.

Here are some creative ways to get the most out of your pumpkin seeds.

Roasted seeds

When prepared properly, pumpkin seeds can be highly nutritious, according to a 2020 article by the Harvard Medical School.

“Pumpkin seeds are one of the best natural sources of magnesium, a mineral that’s important for keeping blood pressure in check,” the article stated. “They’re also a good source of several other minerals, unsaturated fats, and fiber.”

The University of Illinois Extension website provides the following recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds: