Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with Garlic and Rosemary

“If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of 10 years; plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.”

– Confucius

I had always been slightly ashamed that I have never planted a seed. I really should do it. I’m sure that watching it grow would bring loads of joy. Then today I found this quote, and it made me feel less bad after all. I’ve planted plants and I’ve taught people. Maybe I’ve not had to teach any philosophical thoughts, but I’ve taught some science and healthcare… that’s quite neat too.

Raw pumpkin seeds

Still in my Pumpkin Week, today I’m featuring the seeds of the pumpkin with a recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds with garlic and rosemary. The rosemary was from my homegrown rosemary plant.

These roasted pumpkin seeds are great to nibble on. My only complaint is that it’s pretty hard to get a big pumpkin here in Barcelona, so now that I love roasting pumpkin seeds, I’d have to either buy loads of small – medium sized pumpkins or see if the supermarket sells raw pumpkin seeds.

Rosemary, garlic and pumpkin seeds

Rosemary for roasting

Garlic for roasting

Raw pumpkin seeds for roasting

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with Garlic and Rosemary Recipe


1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 garlic clove
coarse sea salt
black pepper
1 small twig rosemary
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Prepare by washing and drying all the pumpkin seeds. Peel and chop the garlic into tiny pieces. Take off the rosemary leaves from its stem. Put all of the ingredients in an ovenproof pan. Mix them altogether. Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes, taking it out and re-stirring every 10 minutes.


Roasted pumpkin seeds with garlic and rosemary

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  1. Bunny Eats Design 2013-11-21 at 00:42

    I have planted lots of seeds in our vegetable garden now. I don’t have a great success rate though. Maybe 30% of my seeds germinate and of those maybe 50% of those grow into something I’ll actually eat.

    I have yet to roast pumpkin seeds but I’m always curious. Do you like to eat the whole thing or do you only eat the bit in the centre?

    1. Sofia 2013-11-21 at 00:45

      Oh lucky you! You see I only have a patio so I only have pot plants.
      We eat the whole thing 🙂

  2. Johnny Hepburn 2013-11-21 at 02:12

    Didn’t realise you can eat the whole thing! I’ve been removing the husk, which is quite a task. Well, I do the same with sunflower seeds.

    1. Sofia 2013-11-21 at 20:56

      You can if it’s soft enough. I looked it up today and will probably write a post about it soon! 🙂

  3. apartmentwife 2013-11-21 at 05:39

    this pumpkin seeds look delicious, but your meditation on planting a seed really strikes a cord — i’ve never planted anything before, but that is about to change in the very near future (thanks to you)

    1. Sofia 2013-11-21 at 20:57

      Oh wow, I’m glad I got you thinking about it 🙂 I plant a lot, but I buy the plant from the gardening shop. I’ll have to plant a seed too!

  4. Baking With Gab 2013-11-21 at 07:04

    This sounds delish. Also, your rosemary looks really healthy, I’m slightly jealous, mine is a bit pathetic at the moment!

    1. Sofia 2013-11-21 at 20:58

      Mine is strange. Half of it is brown and the other half is perfect, beautifully green, strong and with gorgeous flowers…

  5. Mabel Kwong 2013-11-21 at 12:12

    The first picture of pumpkin seeds looks almost like dried watermelon seeds that I ate all the time as a kid in Malaysia. Don’t think these two seeds taste the same. Still as a kid, but this time in Melbourne, I remember planting some seeds in my backyard – growing rather small vegetables but it was fun. I reckon: go out and but 1 packet of seeds; plant 100 seeds and grow 100 trees sprouting delicious fruit; then teach others how to plant and feed themselves. A nice full circle 🙂

    1. Sofia 2013-11-21 at 20:59

      I don’t think I’ve had watermelon seeds, I’ll look out for them, thanks for telling me! Way to go planting seeds as a kid, good on you! xx

  6. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward 2013-11-21 at 21:23

    “If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of 10 years; plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.” Confucius – Thanks for sharing this with us, Sofia. So beautiful and true. Oh – and don’t feel bad that you have never planted a seed. You will one day. I am sure you plant other seeds for the time beings – like warm thoughts and great recipe inspiration. 🙂 Sometimes seeds don’t flourish and grow – but when they do, pure wonder! Your recipe is simple, elegant and gorgeous. Rosemary and garlic are two of my favorite pairings when cooking. They are absolutely essential in making dishes (along with onion, olive oil and wine!). Your garlic is beautiful – the skin is like that of a shallot. And, it is nice that your pumpkins are smaller, even if they don’t yield as many seeds. Often, the seeds of very large pumpkins have very thick membranes and are difficult to masticate. I will pick some rosemary after Snu Magoo is retrieved from school and try your recipe – though I only have acorn squash seeds at the moment. Thank you for sharing! Warmly, Shanna

    1. Sofia 2013-11-24 at 21:26

      Actually Shanna, I think that if you plant a seed, then the next year it is a plant then you can plant a tree. So the cycle begins with planting the seed 🙂
      Thanks for your kind words. Yeah. I think the garlic has a gorgeous colour too. I’m lucky until now my pumpkin seeds have thin membranes.

      1. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward 2013-11-25 at 00:26

        Ah, Sofia, you are unravelling the mysteries of life! I love how insightful you are. Lovely seeds – lovely night to you! xx Shanna

  7. Guillermina Bósquez Stover 2013-11-22 at 04:03

    Well, the seed I planted was my son. He is maturing quite nicely, and I like to think that I watered him tenderly every day of his life and mine. He is the love of my life, and he is now 33. I planted 2 trees on my property about 15 years ago…and with my cooking and baking, I have touched so many people…so HOPEFULLY my legacy will live on. After all, aren’t we all eternal? Our remains will be part of the universe…

    1. Sofia 2013-11-24 at 21:28

      What beautiful words Guillermina. So he must be a fantastic plant 😉 I hope your son also cooks some of your recipes too!

      1. Guillermina Bósquez Stover 2013-11-26 at 06:07

        He is a loving son, and he occasionally does cook for me. He’s better at cleaning, though, something I detest!

  8. Kiss & Make-up 2013-11-23 at 12:35

    Hmm I love roasted pumpkin seeds. Very healthy, too!

    1. Sofia 2013-11-24 at 21:27

      🙂 Do you make them?

  9. dalo2013 2013-11-25 at 12:44

    Great photos Sofia, your skill with the lens as great as your skill in the kitchen. Love pumpkin seeds, use to make them all the time this time of year…

    1. Sofia 2013-11-25 at 20:47

      Thanks Randy! I really appreciate that as I adore your photos 🙂 Next time you can photograph your pumpkin seeds too.

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