Edible Pumpkin Seeds

I love eating pumpkin seeds but it is a real trial to extract edible seeds from regular pumpkins because most seeds have a thick second skin or hull. The seeds need to be extracted, dried and then hulled which is very fiddly and time consuming.

Pumpkin Lady Godiva

I tried growing a variety of pumpkin called Retzer Olkurbis or Lady Godiva because it has hulless seeds. The flesh was a real disappointment and had little culinary value, being watery and tasteless, but the seeds were lovely and hulless.

Pumpkin, Lady Godiva

Getting the seeds from this pumpkin is really easy you simply dig the seeds out with your hands, wash them well, drain and lay out to dry. They taste great as they are or even better dry roasted with soy sauce as a delicious snack or crispy extra in a salad.

A word of warning

The seeds seem prone to sprouting whilst still inside the pumpkins, perhaps because they have no hull. So I find it best not to store this variety and harvest the seeds as soon as the pumpkins are cured. Another thing is that this pumpkin is often described as having hundreds of seeds. I did not find that myself when I grew Retzer Olkurbis. As you can see from the picture this pumpkin does not have many seeds at all.

In the end I am not sure it is worth dedicating the pumpkin patch to this variety. I don’t want to eat the pumpkins only the seeds and lots of them so perhaps I should stick to varieties I like eating and put up with the fiddly chore of getting the seeds out of their hulls.

I’d be interested if anyone else has grown pumpkins or other cucurbits for their edible seeds.

  1. #1 by Raymondo on January 31, 2010 - 21:31

    I’ve grown two naked-seeded types – Lady Godiva and Rankenloser ölkürbis. Both produced plenty of seeds but sadly both have very poor quality flesh. I’ve crossed Lady Godiva with a nice eating pumpkin in the hope of marrying the naked seeds with decent flesh. Time will tell.
    PS Beautiful spot you live in. I lived in France for five years and miss it a lot.

    • #2 by Laura on February 2, 2010 - 20:55

      Thanks Ray It would be great to hear more about your experiment once you harvest and see what you get

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