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How to Prepare Pumpkin Seeds

This post was updated in February 2023.

Oliver and The Pumpkin

Autumn season is filled with pumpkins and gourds in my home garden.  In today’s post explore how to prepare pumpkin seeds.  Enjoy a yummy roasted pumpkin seed recipe and how to save seeds for the garden.

Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

Handful of Pumpkin Seeds

This is one of my favorite recipes I remember using as a child and continuing the autumn tradition with my children.  I hope you will take advantage of the print option and add this recipe to your scrapbook for later use. If you prepare the pumpkin seeds correctly you can eat the entire seed. Below are the ingredients you need to roast pumpkin seeds.  The recipe which is printable is at the bottom of this post.

  • pumpkin seeds (clean )
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
 I am not going to lie.. it can be a little gross getting the middle out and finding those seeds.  What a great activity to do with kids.  I do believe this was one of the first recipes I ever did with my family as a kid.
middle of the pumpkin

Volunteer Pumpkin in My Landscape

Does the pumpkins life begin with the seed or the pumpkin itself? I began to question this with all the volunteers I have been having over the last few years.  The image below is of a volunteer pumpkin that came from a seed left behind in my landscape.  This plant grows 3 HUGE pumpkins – for free over the last few years.

pumpkin in my landscape

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SURPRISE Pumpkin Seeds 

You can imagine my surprise early in August when I noticed a plant that looked a lot like a pumpkin growing in my landscape right off the front porch.  The volunteer pumpkin doing great despite the construction and hot weather.  As you will see in the video the plant stretched across my front walkway but I dare not move it because there were 3 pumpkins growing on the vine.   Check out the video I made one morning in my garden while enjoying coffee and the hum of bumblebees on the flowers of the pumpkin plant.

This video is a feature on Bren Haas YouTube ChannelBasically, a pumpkin vine can grow up and around anything as shown in this video.

The driveway work has begun after weeks of being put off.  I’m really hoping this pumpkin turns orange QUICK!!!!   Here is the latest photo of the largest pumpkin growing on this plant that now is sprawled over 12 feet of my front porch landscape.

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe

Recipe by Bren HaasCourse: snackCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


Prep time


Cooking time




  • 1 /2 cup pumpkin seeds (clean and fresh from pumpkin harvest)

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  • Pre-heat oven to 400*F 

  • Rinse and DRY seeds completely before tossing with oil and salt.

  • Spread the seeds out on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for about 12-15 minutes.  The seeds should be golden brown and crunchy.

  • Cool and Enjoy!

    Pumpkin in Autumn
    After Halloween Pumpkins in Woodline
    deer in front woodline
    Deer Enjoying the Pumpkin Scraps

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      Can you imagine how pretty this pumpkin will look made up with the pansies I’m growing this Autumn?  Do you do anything unique with pumpkins this time of year?  I would love to connect with you so please share by commenting at the bottom of this blog post.

      Happy Pumpkin Carving,


      2 Responses

      1. Awesomeness! Sadly, Charlie Brown never finds that great pumpkin. You did 2016

        1. awww… thank you for commenting! There are so many pumpkin varieties available this year – I LOVE IT!!!

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