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drjockers dot com slash pumpkin-seeds suggests that pumkin seeds have anti-parasitic properties and contains bio-available Zinc

I discovered this after excavating plenty of this resource in the construction of lanterns for my kids during Halloween.

If, like me, you have prickly family members who have suffered a sudden infusion of parasites and an immune system starved of Zinc or otherwise compromised - than we can say with an amount of wonderment that the universe provides.

  • I roasted one set with soy-source and the other with green chilli.
  • seeds were separated from their stringy supports by placing them in a deep bowl filled with water and scooping the free floating seeds with "a holy draining spoon".
  • the chilli batch was allowed to soak overnight in a small amount of water in along with chopped chilli.
  • both sets were placed on re-purposed brown paper bags and entered the oven for roasting at different times.
  • I allowed the electric oven I use to reach 190 degrees  and cool, twice, for each batch.


  • Funny story: I had one of these ramekin prepared for immature visitors to sample should they tire of processed suger during their visitations. One of them accepted the healthy option but I neglected to inform them before crunch time that they needed to be shelled. . .

    Which brings me to my question; what is the easiest way mass process the shelling of pumkin seeds?
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    For most of the c. Pepo squash like jack’O’lanterns and acorn squash, we eat them shells-on.  Or you can shell them with your teeth and spit out the shell, like with sunflowers.  I don’t know any good way to shell them in bulk.
     
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    I've always just eaten the shells as well and had no issues. In a way, they're actually better for you that way, as the shell adds fiber. I imagine for people with digestive issues, it might be best to find a way to shell them though, since that extra fiber could cause irritation.
     
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    I know that you can give pumpkin seeds to chickens, goats, pigs, sheep etc as a dewormer. I'm thinking they have to be hulled before you give them to animals, and not roasted.
     
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    chickens with eat pumpkin seeds hull and all (or peck them off themselves), and i suspect the bigger animals in that list would too.
     
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