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7 Popular Edible Seeds Consumed Before They Are Reproduced!

7 Popular Edible Seeds Consumed Before They Are Reproduced!

Edible Seeds

We think that we are vegetarian if we do not eat meat, egg, and onion. But, do you know, the seeds we eat are also like eggs of plants that undergo a reproduction process in seed plants? Fascinating, right? Below are explained, some familiar edible seeds:-

  1. Chia seed:
  • First amongst the edible seeds is Chia Seed, part of the mint family.
  • Obtained from the chia plant (Salvia hispanica), which is a native of Guatemala and Southern Mexico but is quite popular worldwide.
  • These small oval-shaped black, brown, or white seeds are rich in Omega-3 and fatty acids.
  • They are used in drinks, providing them with a thick texture as they develop a sticky coating around them when soaked.
Edible Seeds, Chia seed
  1. Pumpkin seed:
  • Obtained from the pumpkin plant (Cucurbita maxima).
  • Also called Pepita, this one is cherished by many.
  • Asymmetrical, oval, flat, and light-green in colour, pumpkin seeds are edible seeds that are rich in dietary fibre, protein, oleic acid, and linoleic acid.
  • They can be eaten raw or roasted and are great for immunity, aiding in maintaining a low blood sugar level.
  1. Flax seeds:
  • Collected from the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum), they are commonly known as Alsi.
  • These edible seeds are extremely rich in omega-3 fatty acids, omega-9 fatty acids, potassium, and thiamine.
  • It has proved to be good for the skin, eyes, and hair, and can do wonders for the people with high cholesterol.
  • These brown-coloured, oval-shaped seeds are also used to prepare linen cloth.
pumpkin plant (Cucurbita maxima)

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  1. Sunflower seeds:
  • Obtained from the flowering sunflower plant (Helianthus annus), sunflower seeds are a fruit of this plant.
  • They are white-beige seeds, solid, black, with a husky-shade outer coat.
  • These are a good source of dietary fibre, vitamin E, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.
  • These edible seeds are pressed to obtain oil, which is accessible worldwide.
Sunflower seeds, Sunflower flower

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  1. Sesame seeds:
  • Procured from a flowering plant of the genus (Sesamum), these seeds are also known as Til.
  • Rich in oil, these small white, black, or brown coloured seeds, help in reducing the production of oxidative stress hormones.
  • Commonly found on the top of hamburger buns, these seeds are a good source of B vitamins, iron, zinc, calcium, and protein.
  1. Quinoa:
  • These ones are collected from a herbaceous annual flowering plant (Chenopodium quinoa), originated in South America.
  • Quinoa is also actively cultivated in India, Kenya, and the United States, because of its high dietary value.
  • Small and gluten-free quinoa seeds are available in white, black, and red colours.
  • They are also cooked with loads of vegetables and are rich in water, B vitamins, zinc, folate, and magnesium.
  1. Buckwheat:
  • Often referred to as a pseudocereal due to its consumption as a cereal, buckwheat is obtained from the buckwheat plant (Fagopyrum esculentum).
  • But it is not related to wheat!
  • It is extensively eaten by people with gluten-related disorders, as it is gluten-free.
  • It is a rich source of B vitamins, dietary fibre, niacin, magnesium, and carbohydrates.

These and various other seeds are the significant sources of essential human calories. They are consumed in the form of beverages, spices, oils, and also food additives, and it is always good to consume them in a limited, necessary amount.

That’s how it is with nature, and the world…some live longer than expected, and others die even before they begin to be born, but helping others survive!

Blog Edited By Ritika Gupta

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