Roasted, they have a bold and rich aroma. Toss them with a little olive oil, thyme, salt, and pepper, and the taste is simply sublime. Pumpkin seeds are also a fantastic sweet when you think a little outside the box. For instance, they are great as the star of Candied Pumpkin Seeds: Tossed in some orange juice, then stirred with sugar, salt, and paprika, these have the right combination of spicy and sweet. If you prefer your pumpkin seeds as a side, enjoy them as part of a Pork Roast with Sweet Onion-Pumpkin Seed Relish.
What you will want to remember about pumpkin seeds is that if you shell them, leaving just the tender inside rather than the crunchy white outer hull, you may find them even more enjoyable. The distinction between inner 'meat' and outer shell is often what makes people have the distinction between what is a 'pepita' and what is a 'pumpkin seed.' They begin in the same place: inside a pumpkin. It's what you do with them next that matters. Either way, you'll love the flavor of pumpkin seeds.