Monday, October 24, 2011

Do you eat the shell?

So we also carved pumpkins recently - this was my 3 year old's first carving experience. The look of shock and astonishment and joy that registered on his face when he first stuck his hand into the ooey gooey innards of his pumpkin was priceless to watch.

After scooping the goo and separating the seeds he loved to squish his hands around in the seed bowl, which we finally had to put an end to since his next favorite thing was to lift his seed covered hand out of the bowl and shake it thus flicking sticky seeds all over the kitchen.
So I took the seeds and washed them then spread them on a sheet pan to dry overnight. I did this because I was ready for bed and didn't want to wait up for roasting seeds. So they next day I roasted. The only thing I put on my seeds are olive oil and kosher salt. I am the only one in the family that really like them so I keep them in my truck for snacking on - super healthy, right Doctor?! So here is my question for all you  (and Dr. Crystal) do you eat the shells or do you take the time to crack them open and extract the seeds? I eat them whole. Always have. Sometimes I encounter a shell that I can quite chew up so I spit that part out. Is there any extra fiber benefit to eating the shells?

Happy Halloween to you all!!

1 comment:

  1. I never used to like to eat the shells--they just seemed too tough. However, I discovered I just wasn't roasting them long enough. If you roast them just until a few start to pop, they become light and crispy and yes, Chef Brett, they are a great source of fiber!