Approximately 80% of the entire pumpkin crop of the U.S is harvested in October. That means that there are over a billion pounds of pumpkins available for making pies and for Jack-O-Lantern carving. It also means that there are plenty of pumpkin seeds available. Seeds that can be roasted and salted and eaten as a snack. That’s a good thing considering that National Pumpkin Seed Day is a holiday that falls on the first Wednesday in October, and you’re going to want to have plenty of seeds for the celebrations.
The History Of National Pumpkin Seed Day
National Pumpkin Seed Day is a holiday that was found in 2016 by SuperSeedz Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds. This company makes a variety of gourmet pumpkin seeds, so this holiday was created as a way to sell more seeds.
Facts About Pumpkin Seeds
Want a few tasty pumpkin seed facts? If you do, then we have a Jack-O-Lantern full of them. Below are some of the facts that we’ve found out about pumpkin seeds that we want to share with everyone.
- Pumpkin seeds are a good source of copper, magnesium, iron, and zinc.
- Pumpkin seeds are packed with antioxidants.
- Pumpkin seeds may help with insulin regulation.
- Pumpkin seed oil may reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Studies have shown that pumpkin seeds consumption might lower the risk of some types of cancers.
- Eating too many pumpkin seeds may result in bloating and/or constipation.
- Pumpkin seeds are also known as pepita.
Observing National Pumpkin Seed
While you’re carving your pumpkins for Halloween, it’s a good time to set aside some seeds for eating on this holiday. Soak some of the seeds in water for a few hours to get rid of the pumpkin bits, pat dry them with a towel, and then salt them. When that’s done, place them on a baking sheet and bake them until they’re nice and toasty. While you’re enjoying your seeds, don’t forget to post on social media using the hashtag #NationalPumpkinSeedDay. Everyone should have the opportunity to celebrate this holiday.
When is National Pumpkin Seed Day?
|This year (2022)||October 5 (Wednesday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2023)||October 4 (Wednesday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2021)||October 6 (Wednesday)||Multiple dates - more|