This is the edible seed of a pumpkin, also called passatempo for the Greeks. Due to its low price, this nut used to be consumed by the lower classes.
- It contains polyunsaturated fatty acids and omega 6 but most of all it is rich in linoleic acid which is very beneficiary for the organism. It also contains ferrum, natural firbes and manganese.
- The high L-tryptophan content makes pepita of interest to researchers studying the treatment of anxiety disorders.
- Some eat the seeds as preventative measure against onset of anxiety attacks, clinical depression and other mood disorders. No wonder why in China it is considered as a “medicine” against depression.
- Some studies have also found pumpkin seeds to prevent arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and to regulate cholesterol levels in the body.
Did you know that...
- The word “passatempo” that we use in Greece results from the combination of the two Italian words “passa” and “tempo” which mean “passing my time” – maybe this is due to characterising the instinctive repetitive movement of the hands while eating the seeds which actually helps killing time.
- Peeled pumpkin seeds are used in breads and pies.