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How did pumpkin seeds originate?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Big pumpkins, and their small seeds, were a distinguished food of the Native American Indians. These peoples used the pumpkin seed for both nutrition and making medicine. Pumpkin seeds had a reputation of being able to treat worms. European explorers took these seeds back to the Old World, where they were appreciated for their value and taste. Although used in many cuisines, the Mexicans have especially developed a special taste and purpose for the pumpkin seed. As more scientific research underscores the benefits of the pumpkin seed, its popularity will most certainly increase in years to come. The top producers of pumpkins and pumpkin seeds are the United States, China, Mexico, and India.

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