Tis the season for ghosts, ghouls, and EVERYTHING pumpkin. One of our favorite simple, tasty, and local autumn snacks is toasted pumpkin seeds!
Toasting your own pumpkin seeds is as easy as pie.
Speaking of pumpkins and pie, here’s a great recipe for one of our fall-favorites!
Your first step is to pick your perfect pumpkin. And you're in luck! We have a list of places that can satisfy all of your fall pumpkin needs.
You can either visit one of these pumpkin patches:
Or you can check out your local farmers market and find one of these producers with pumpkins:
Are we missing your favorite local pumpkin patch in the Llano Estacado? Let us know here!
In the game of toasting local pumpkin seeds, you might have to get your hands a little messy. Due to the extraction process, you risk getting covered in pumpkin pulp. Consider letting the kids gut the pumpkin, so you can stay clean and the kids can have a great time!
After gutting your local pumpkin and cleaning all of the pumpkin pulp off, you have options.
You can either hull the seeds or keep them in their shell. The shell is absolutely edible but you can boil or bake them to get the outer shell off of the pepitas.
There are plenty of ways to toast your seeds once you've removed the pumpkin pulp. All you need is an oven and your favorite spices! If you need an idea kick starter for your pepitas, we found some great - not to mention delicious - ideas for toasting your seeds!
A list of toasted pepitas recipes from Rachel Cooks
Happy Toasting, Locavores
Don't forget to send us your favorite pepitas recipe!