Classic Pumpkin Seeds
One of the things that we are really excited about with pumpkins seeds is the opportunity to partner with some awesome growers right here in the Pacific Northwest.
Our Growing Partners
Ninety-five percent of the pumpkin seeds on grocery store shelves in the U.S. are grown in China (labeling laws allow manufacturers to hide this fact by importing raw seeds and processing them here). CB’s Nuts prioritizes using USA Grown produce and taking the time to visit farms and getting to know their agricultural practices before committing to a partnership.
We source our “classic” pumpkin seeds from Stahlbush Island Farms in Corvallis, Oregon; they are a leader in sustainable and organic farming in the Northwest. By implementing innovative farming techniques and a first of its kind Biogas Plant, Stahlbush Island Farms has created a closed loop cycle that produces electricity from fruit and vegetable byproduct, enough to power its own processing plant as well as provide energy to power over 1,000 homes. CB’s Organic Pumpkin Seeds are delicious, healthy, and responsible—an unbeatable combination.
Our Roasting Process
We take great pride in roasting and sharing our pumpkin seeds with you. Our USDA Organic pumpkin seeds come straight from the farm, brined in a solution of water and sea salt, dried, and slowly barrel roasted in small batches. The slow roast is key to developing our unique complex flavor profiles, and allows the seed’s natural oils to rise to the surface — no added oils are necessary in our process.
Nutrition & Health Benefits
The information on the health benefits of eating pumpkin seeds seems almost too good to be true, but this little seed packs a punch of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, micronutrients, healthy fats, protein and fiber that can’t be ignored — even the World Health Organization recommends eating pumpkins seeds as an excellent dietary source of zinc.
Vitamin E is an important antioxidant that is not just present in pumpkin seeds but present in at least 5 forms, which research suggests could make the pumpkin seed unique in its ability to deliver higher bioavailability of vitamin E. Pumpkin seeds also contain combinations of other phenolic and phytonutrient antioxidants that are not often found in food.
Pumpkin seeds may also be beneficial in the treatment and prevention of diabetes.
Animal studies have shown pumpkin seeds (seeds, seed extracts, and seed oil) to improve insulin regulation in diabetic individuals.
Other research supports the long-held belief that pumpkin seeds can provide antimicrobial benefits due to their unique proteins. Lignans in pumpkin seeds (including pinoresinol, medioresinol, and lariciresinol) have been shown to have antimicrobial properties that include being anit-fungal and anti-viral.1
1: Source of health benefits of eating pumpkin seeds is the nonprofit The Worlds’s Healthiest Foods, which specifically cites the studies involved in these claims.