Uh huh, you read that right: cantaloupe seeds. Not pumpkin seeds. Cantaloupe seeds. I know, crazy right!
If you’re a regular follower of my blog, then you might know that I’ve started a series called “No Food Left Behind.” Food preservation and reuse are passions of mine, and I’m on a mission to do what I can to help prevent food waste.
We often forget that there are a lot of parts to food; parts that can be used and even eaten. We chop veggies and throw away the ends, we peel onions and toss the skins, we cut up fruit and get rid of the seeds. In reality, there are so many things we can do with these parts of the food that we typically chuck. And that’s what this series is all about.
So far, on the “No Food Left Behind Series,” I’ve covered:
Today I want to discuss how to roast up some delicious cantaloupe seeds!
Benefits of Cantaloupe Seeds
Cantaloupe seeds don’t just taste delicious, but they’re good for you!
Here are some benefits of melon seeds:
- Good source of protein: One study tested cantaloupe seed extract as an alternative to soy milk. The researchers found that cantaloupe seed extract contains 3.6% protein, 2.5% carbohydrates and 4% fat, which is similar to the nutrient profile of soy milk (1).
- Excellent source of vitamins: Cantaloupe seeds contains a significant amount of fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A and E. These vitamins contain antioxidant properties. They also help to prevent oxidation diseases such as macular degeneration, heart disease, and even some cancers.
- Rich in minerals: Cantaloupe seeds are an excellent source of potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and sodium. These minerals help to reduce the risk of diabetes, regulate blood pressure and aid in bone health.
- High in antioxidants: Studies have confirmed that melon seeds contain an antioxidant nature that can help protect against cardiovascular disease and other oxidative diseases (2).
- Promote gut health: The seeds from melon, along with the “netting” surrounding them are a great source of fiber. Fiber aids in digestion and helps to prevent constipation and related problems, such as hemorrhoids.
- May aid in weight loss: The high fiber content of cantaloupe seeds make it a great snack for weight loss. Studies also suggest that the seeds have diuretic properties which can help in reducing water retention (3).
And the best benefit of all is that melon is a Sunnah food! This fruit contains so much barakah so why not eat as much of it as possible!?
How to Eat Cantaloupe Seeds
Here are some different ways you can eat cantaloupe seeds:
- Just eat them plain as a snack or on the side of some fruit
- Sprinkle them over salads for an extra crunch
- Blend them while raw to make a smoothie
Next time you’re cutting up a delicious melon, don’t you dare throw those seeds away! Try this recipe instead.
Have you ever tried eating cantaloupe seeds before? If so, how did you eat them? Share below!