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Masala Roasted Cantaloupe Seeds

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Next time you're cutting up cantaloupe, don't throw away the seeds! Try these delicious and simple Masala Roasted Cantaloupe Seeds.

Masala Roasted Cantaloupe Seeds

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.

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Masala Roasted Cantaloupe Seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and set aside.
  2. Peel the cantaloupe then cut in half, scoop out the seeds and put them in a small bowl. Set the fruit aside and save it for another recipe or cut it up and eat it plain! Squeeze and pick out the seeds from the flesh ("netting").
  3. In a small colander, wash the seeds to remove any extra flesh, then return to the small bowl. Add the olive oil, spices and salt and mix to fully coat the seeds.
  4. Spread out the seeds in a single layer on the cookie sheet lined with tin foil. Put another sheet of tin foil on top of the seeds (they pop like popcorn while you roast them so this prevents them from popping all over the oven). Roast the seeds for 10 minutes, (checking every 3-5 minutes) or until they are golden brown.
  5. Let seeds cool to room temperature. Serve or store in a jar or air-tight container and keep in the house for a healthy snack. Enjoy!

Have you ever tried eating cantaloupe seeds before? If so, how did you eat them? Share below!

Chelsea Lynn

Chelsea is the founder of Wellness Muslimah. She is a Blogger, Freelance Writer and Nutritionist specializing in Healthy Eating for Weight Loss. She is passionate about healthy, natural living and Islamic Medicine. She wishes to inspire other women to live more natural, healthy and mindful lives for the sake of Allah.


  • Ayesha
    May 15, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    I love your mission of food preservation. I liked your post.

  • Aicha
    May 15, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I didn’t know you could roast the seeds

  • Iman
    May 16, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Love love love how sustainable this is! We’d usually toss this without a second thought! JazakAllahu khairan for sharing this!

  • spaceengineerreharna
    May 16, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Not heard of this before. What a lovely snack!

  • Rimsha
    May 17, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    What a great idea! I love having something to nibble on all the time and this is perfect 🙂

  • Yousra Naeem
    May 18, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    I must say you have come up with a great idea💕😍
    Loved it!
    Now I am gonna use them too. Thank you for sharing some simple helpful recipes❤

  • Asbah
    May 19, 2017 at 3:58 am

    Your posts are addictive, Guess what i have the peels of my pineapple saved bc i intend to boil them and drink it tomorrow 😉

    Next time i am not gonna scoop out the seeds of cantaloupe as well.

  • Zeinab
    May 22, 2017 at 1:21 am

    woooow. I didnt know this was an actual thing. After reading this, I will probably take advantage of the seeds as opposed to just throwing them out.

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