without shells; for instance those of antaloupe, cucumber, and squash. Pumpkins along with their seeds belong to the gourd or Cucurbitaceae family.
The pumpkin seeds are subtly sweet and nutty in flavour with a malleable, chewy texture. While pumpkin seeds are available year round, they are the freshest in the fall when pumpkins are in season.
Roasted and salted pumpkin seeds are a great snack food and make for a very popular ingredient in the cuisines of many countries such as Greece, Turkey, the Balkan countries, Spain, Italy and Mexico. Western Europeans and Americans have relatively recently discovered the appeal of pumpkin seeds. Today, the leading commercial producers of pumpkins include the United States, Mexico, India and China.