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Ingredient of the week: Pumpkin seeds


Pumpkin seeds are flat and asymmetrically oval, have a white outer husk, and are light green in color after the husk is removed. Some cultivars are husk-less, and are grown only for their edible seed. 

Pumpkin seeds contain L-tryptophan, which helps promote sleep and fight depression. Phytosterols compounds in the seeds have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol, are a good source of vitamin B, E and K and filled with lots of minerals including phosphorus, magnesium (aids in strengthening bones), manganese, potassium, calcium, iron and copper.

The seeds can be added to salads, cakes, cookies bread, or snacked on. Add them to granola bars (homemade), smoothies, fruits and yogurt.  

You can buy pumpkin seeds in shops that sell cereals. Price range varies between Sh900 and Sh1,200 for 250g. Alternatively, keep the seeds from your pumpkin and roast, bake or boil them before eating.

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