Where to Buy Raw Pumpkin Seeds Online
There are several important factors to consider when looking at where to get raw pumpkin seeds online. This page examines these and provides links to the best value options I’ve found.
Why Raw Pumpkin Seeds are Better Than Roasted
While the pumpkin seeds you can pull out of your pumpkins at home and eat have hulls, the ones you buy online will most likely be from hull-less varieties like Lady Godiva or the much prized Styrian pumpkins.
These kind of ‘naked’ pumpkin seeds are much better eaten raw, especially as they don’t have hulls to protect them from damaging heat during roasting. Eating them raw ensures that the valuable essential fatty acids, that provide many of the health benefits, remain intact and undamaged.
Generally, it’s far better value to order them in bulk online than at health food stores or supermarkets. They’ll keep for many months in a cool, dark cupboard, or even better in the fridge. You’ll usually save a lot this way and be less likely to run out.
The Benefits of Organic Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are obviously grown inside the pumpkin and therefore not going to be directly sprayed with pesticides like a lot of produce, many people prefer organic.
Aside from the concern as to just where some of the toxic compounds in sprays may be deposited in the growing plant, organic crops are generally grown in much better soil than conventional intensive farming. This higher quality of soil may well lead to increased mineral and nutritional content for organic produce.
American and Styrian Pumpkin Seeds
Many of the cheaper pumpkin seeds you buy on the market are grown in China. While they may be just as good as from other regions, this is harder to confirm and many people seem to prefer to have their pumpkin seeds grown in the USA.
Bob’s Red Mill have their popular bulk American grown seeds if you’d like to stock up and save on postage.
For connoisseurs, Vivapure have these giant Styrian pumpkin seeds grown organically in Austria. While they do cost a bit more, having tried them I have to say that they taste amazing.
Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds
By sprouting pumpkin seeds, you can actually increase their nutritional value, as the germinating seed is full of newly formed enzymes and nutrients. It is possible to do this at home yourself with raw seeds (roasted ones won’t work).
For convenience, and a really great flavor, Living Intentions have these organic sprouted pumpkin seeds to buy with a touch of Himalayan pink salt that taste great and are extremely healthy.
I hope you find some pumpkin seeds you like and enjoy eating them as much as I do. They make a great replacement for junk food snacks that can actually help you lose weight.
If you’d like to know more about just why they are so healthy, the page on pumpkin seeds nutrition has a detailed look at all the good stuff in this little green superfood.