Ah, pumpkin seeds and come Autumn!!! Special shout out to the Mexicans and the Southwest buddies! Roasted, extra salted and fried or roasted and spiced, Pepitas (their Spanish name) are the tastiest when it comes to edible seeds unlike the chia seeds and flax seeds that comes with no flavoring.
Anywho, the pumpkin seeds are calorie and nutrient-rich especially with high fat content and have other numerous micronutrients according to the internationally acclaimed media giant Conde Nast.
And they are not only used for cuisines but also as traditional medicines since the glorious times of the Egyptians.
That is awesome! But now, maybe you are wondering ‘does pumpkin seeds go bad and if they do then how do you know?’.
Well, keep reading on then.
How Long Do Pumpkin Seeds Last? Do Pumpkin Seeds Go Bad?
Surely, your pumpkin seed snack is not going to be fresh forever. They generally stay fresh until opened for about 1 to 3 months past the best-by-date on the packet label.
Pumpkin seeds shelf-life really, like the flax seeds, depends on the storage conditions, the temperature and other factors like the number of times you open their container.
However, on a basic tone, you can store roasted seeds for up to a year, about six months for the raw seeds and the seeds needs to be stored in a refrigerator while being kept in a container or a zip-lock, if you want them to be fresh.
Or otherwise, unlike the chia and sesame seeds, refrigerating them can be crossed off as long as you keep them in a sealed container and away from direct sunlight, lasting good for a maximum of two months.
For pumpkin seed oil by Ginger Yapp, the shelf-life is generally about 6 to 12 months and also keeping them in a cool, dry place might prolong their shelf-life.
If you worry about the nutritious value of the pumpkin seeds that comes in containers with preservatives, then there’s nothing to fret as according to the research study in the international journals for advance studies, the preservatives used for the preservation methods of pumpkin studies were found to be more nutritious in addition to longer shelf-life.
How to Tell If Pumpkin Seeds are Bad?
When the seeds are placed in direct sunlight, the seeds can degrade faster and in turn, give off a rancid taste. This is one of the most common indicators of the seeds gone bad.
Although, according to the author of 'does it go bad' rancid taste does not necessarily mean that it cannot be consumed but rather loses only its nutritional value.
Experts highly recommend to throw off the seeds if there is any change in their appearance and smell.
And like the flax seeds, they tend to harbormolds and fungus too. Any foul smell or sour taste are indicators of bad seeds. This mainly happens due to the processing techniques or temperature settings in cases of premature degradation.