Friday, September 17, 2010

Pumpkin Seed Ferment







This food is my favorite. I invented it while fermenting some other seeds and nuts and this by far was my favorite. I make it about once a month and have a hard time sharing it. Luckily, my husband doesn't like it. This process doesn't add microbes, the pumpkin seeds, if raw and untreated, come naturally gifted with their own lacto-bacillus, as does most of the food from the earth. This food is only for the really adventurous. Some of my seminar attendees say it is an acquired taste but with me it was love at first bite.


You will need...




  • about a pint (2 cups) of dried, raw, shelled, pumpkin seeds, or pepitas. Not roasted, salted or oiled....just RAW.


  • about 3 cups of pure water (chlorine-free)


  • 1 or more TBS ghee


  • 1/2 to 3/4 tsp. Real Salt or other high mineral salt or some sprinkles of Eden brand Ume Plum Vinegar ( a huge condiment favorite of mine)


  • a food processor


The process is to combine the water and pumpkin seeds in a clean wide-mouth quart jar and cover with a cheese cloth or paper napkin.....something that can "breathe" and secure with an elastic. Set this on a kitchen counter at room temperature for 3 days.






This is the hard part.....it will bubble and stink! Yes, stink. The water activates the bacteria and they get all happy and start to ingest the sugars on the seeds and in the seeds and they stink. It is perfectly OK. My husband hates that smell and thinks something is dead. He tried to throw them out once when I wasn't home thinking one of my experiments had gone bad. And the first time I invented this, I thought so too but when I tasted it, wow! I loved it.





At 2 days you should see lots of bubbles and white foamy stuff on top. That's normal and the stink is normal too! Some seeds will be floating.




After 3 days, drain the seeds and rinse under tap water in a strainer. Immediately dump some in a processor with part of the ghee ( also at room temperature) and some salt and start processing. This is another hard part. I have to frequently stop the machine and with a spatula, push down the sides. My processor is kinda small and I use both hands lift it and shake it at the same time I am processing. Add more ghee if needed. It is a thick, textured paste when I think it is done. I scoop the light green paste and put it into a covered jar and put in cold storage. I don't eat it with anything, just by itself with a tiny spoon. It's an in between snack; a great treat with good fat for energy.


A variation of this idea is to just spread some of the rinsed and sticky seeds out on a plate and sprinkle with salt and let them dry. The flavor of the activated bacillus enhances the flavor of the seeds and with some salt is just delicious.




2 comments:

  1. Hmmm. Interesting. I am trying a different route right now. But I wish this had a print button. Love the idea- pumkin seeds are good for men especially. Thanks for this info!!!!

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  2. I have just fermented some pumpkin seeds, and the smell is so awful I can't bring myself to try it! eeek.

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