|Gourd with Seeds|
Photo by: Lord-Williams
They have been popular at Christmas time when used to garnish main dishes and desserts. Gourd seeds were considered food for a king as seen in Nola’s recipe for Gourd Seed Pudding,
Melon seeds are used in medicines to treat diabetes today. It is now known that melon seeds are known to reduce cardiovascular risks by normalizing blood-fat levels. They contain nutrients, which help to heal wounds. They reduce osteoporosis and promote healthy teeth and bone growth. Melon seeds are rich in protein and omega 3 fatty acids.
[ES: Medieval Spanish Chef. Majar. Posted Feb 3, ’16; ES: Smart Cookery. “Melon Seeds.” Posted Nov 11, 16; Nola. 1989:xx-4; and Nola/Pérez. 1994:211]