Seeds are the mature ovules of certain flowering plants. Many of these are safe to eat. Seeds have been used as food for many centuries around the world. They taste excellent, and add flavour to many ordinary or traditional dishes. These edible seeds are good sources of protein, minerals, some vitamins and unsaturated fats. Many seeds are rich in phosphorus.
Some examples of edible seeds include:
Pumpkin Seeds Pumpkin seeds, also known as Pepitas, and are flat and green. They have a sweet, nutty flavor. The pumpkin seeds are a balanced source of good proteins. They are also an excellent source of iron, B vitamins, vitamin E, fibre, oil, and minerals. Pumpkin seeds are best known for their concentration of zinc. Add pumpkin seeds to muesli, use in salads or sprinkle over bread.
Sesame Seeds Sesame seeds are the most common seeds used worldwide. They are used in baking breads, sprinkled on bread crust, making tahina (Sesame seed paste) or for sesame oil. Sesame seeds contain about 20 percent protein and vitamins A, E and some of the B vitamins. Sesame seeds are an excellent source of calcium.
Sunflower Seeds Sunflower seeds are rich in B vitamins, many minerals, protein and vitamin E. They are high in potassium and low in sodium too. Sunflower seeds are sweet in taste and can be sprinkled over salads, baked foods or added to muesli.