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Are butternut squash seeds edible?

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As with all winter squashes, such as pumpkins, butternut squash seeds are edible in either a raw or roasted form. Butternut squash is a gourd known for its elongated shape, orange flesh, and tough yellow skin.

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Roasting winter squash seeds like butternut squash adds a deeper flavor to them. The seeds are tossed with vegetable oil, salt and sometimes spices and roasted on a pan in a 300 degree Fahrenheit oven until the seeds start to brown, or about 20-25 minutes.

Butternut squash seeds are a good source of protein and minerals, including copper, iron and zinc. However, a 1-cup serving of butternut squash seeds has around 750 calories, of which 530 are from fat, with 60 percent of those being saturated fat. They provide a good amount of dietary fiber, approximately 22 percent of the recommended daily amount. Calcium and Vitamins A and C are also present.

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