Is there an easy way to hull sunflower or pumpkin seeds? : LUSENET : Countryside : One Thread

My family consumes a lot of sunflower and pumpkin seeds. We have started growing sunflowers and pumpkins to keep from having to buy the seeds. But, is there an easy way to hull the seeds? We keep the hulled seeds in a container and eat them by the handfuls (like trail mix), so it would become quite tedious if we had to hull and eat them one at a time.

-- Zach Fisk (, October 27, 2001


I didn't think pumpkin seeds needed to be hulled. Am I mistaken?

-- Cheryl in KS (, October 27, 2001.

There are varieties of pumpkins that make naked, or hull-less, seeds, but most of them do require hulling. And I would be very happy to know an easy way to hull sunflowers and pumpkins myself! Hope someone has an answer for you!

-- Kathleen Sanderson (, October 27, 2001.

best advise is to ask a squirel,, all they seem to eat is the inside of pumpkinseeds,, some how the gnaw it,, and pulls the "seed" out,, let us know if it works :)

-- stan (, October 27, 2001.

Other than the hull-less pumpkin seeds, NO!

-- Don Armstrong (, October 29, 2001.

In Spain, the folks eat sunflower seeds like popcorn here at the movies. I've seen my mom do this...stick the seed in her mouth, crack, and out come the two halves of the shell. I think she learned it from the parrot they had when she was little. I, myself, have never managed to do this. But it does give you something to strive for. You could see who can do it without holding the shell between their teeth. Or who can get the most number of perfect halves. Maybe if it's a game... How do the big manufacturers do it? Maybe you can use the same technique but on a smaller scale. Maria

-- Maria Barreros (, October 29, 2001.

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