Well technically, on the Pumpkin Seeds Australia site it says ' Often called and confused with the easily obtained 'pepita' from China, which is actually just the unprotected kernel of a regular pumpkin seed, the naked variety is whole and should only be called pumpkin seeds.' Also on this website you can see how the seeds are harvested . The seeds are kept and the pumpkin itself is used to feed the cattle who obviously just love it and I read that chooks love the pumpkin too. They are actually larger than the pepitas but I was thinking I could always chop them up a little to add to the bread.
I ordered some seeds from Green Harvest . I noticed similar seeds are available from Diggers as well and they are called Pumpkin Kakai. Did you realise you could grow your own or do I live under a rock? ;-)
As well as the seeds I also ordered Horseradish and West Indian Lemongrass. I mentioned in a previous post that we already had the East Indian Lemongrass but it is mainly used for tea and as a mulch and the one I really wanted was the one used in cooking. The ladies at Green Harvest said a good way to remember which one is for cooking is to associate the W in West with W for Wok! Good thinking eh?
For years now I have been intending to make Fire Cider but by the time winter comes when it is needed I realise I haven't planted any Horseradish to use in it so this year I was determined to remedy that situation and hopefully will have a nice plant or two to use in years to come. Of course there are many different recipes as you can tell from this Pinterest page.
When you buy plants such as Lemongrass and Horseradish that need to be looked quickly after they arrive in the post, there are detailed instructions included on how to look after each individual plant.
I also bought a mix of seeds and now need to get motivated to start thinking about what I am going to plant and where. We could still get a few frosts here so it can be a bit tricky at this time of year. Winter is not quite over yet and I am sure there will be more cold weather on the way after these lovely warm days we are having at the moment.
Have a great week everyone!