If You Toss Pumpkin Scraps, You're Missing Out on the Best Part—Here's Why

At this time of year, it seems like every recipe, décor hack, and DIY idea is about pumpkins and pumpkin pie–spiced goodies. While those are just two of the reasons to get excited about fall, there’s one part of the pumpkin that’s often overlooked and discarded, though it could prove to be the best bit: pumpkin seeds, known in Spanish as pepitas. The small, almond-shaped seeds add a full, roasted, and nutty flavor to any fall dish.

If you forgot to savor the leftovers from pumpkin carving this Halloween, just search for pepitas in the nuts and seeds bulk section of most grocery and health food stores. Whether served sweet or savory, healthy or indulgent, the tiny seeds can upgrade the simplest meals into something your friends and family won’t stop talking about until the leaves change next year. Here are eight reasons pepitas are the most underrated fall ingredient and how to cook with them.

Balsamic-Roasted Beet Salad With Pumpkin Seeds