Where to Buy Raw Pumpkin Seeds Online
There are several factors to consider when looking at where to buy pumpkin seeds. Raw pumpkin seeds contain the most nutrition but where and how they are grown is also important.
Whether you are looking for organic pumpkin seeds, bulk raw pumpkin seeds, American grown or special Styrian seeds or even sprouted pumpkin seeds, this page has the best 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 raw pumpkin seeds in bulk online than buying them at health food stores or supermarkets. The higher turnover means they’ll usually be both fresher and much cheaper.
Pumpkin seeds keep for many months in a cool, dark cupboard, or even better in the fridge so it makes sense to get several packs while they’re on sale. 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 prefer to have their pumpkin seeds grown in the USA.
Finding pumpkin seeds to buy in that are from the USA can be difficult, but Bob’s Red Mill have their popular bulk American grown seeds here if you’d like to stock up and save on postage.
For connoisseurs, Wilderness Poet have these giant heirloom Styrian pumpkin seeds grown organically in Oregon. While they do cost a bit more, I have to say that they taste amazing and are well worth it if you enjoy high quality pumpkin seeds.
Where to Buy Mexican Pepitas Online
Most low priced pumpkin seeds available online and in retail stores come from China, which many people understandably want to avoid. These premium grade pepitas sourced in Mexico and packed allergen free in America are a great value alternative with many positive reviews.
At such a low price it’s very affordable to use pumpkin seeds to add flavor and nutrition to a variety of different meals, or just snack on them by the handful. Men in particular can really benefit from all the zinc and DHT moderating compounds in pepitas.
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.
Eating More Pumpkin Seeds
I hope you find some pumpkin seeds you like and enjoy eating them as much as I do. Buying raw pumpkin seeds makes for a great replacement for junk food snacks and if you eat these instead they 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.