Whether brown, blond, or black, the seeds have become popular in recent years. Indeed, when combined in tasty dishes, they add a little crunch but, above all, a good dose of nutrients. They can be contained in a certain number of vegetables, such as tomatoes, beans, and pumpkin, or come from a plant, such as sesame or hemp. In this section, we invite you to discover a wide choice of seeds, their benefits for our health, and some tips for germinating and storing them properly.
Seeds—Who Are They?
The seeds contain and protect the plant embryo. Present in plants, they ensure their fertilization. A source is made up of three distinct parts:
- the start of the future plant, which we call the seedling;
- energy reserves, which we call cotyledons;
- the envelope, which we call the integument or cuticle.
Whether grilled, sprouted, transformed into oil, or pureed, they can be eaten daily! There are different varieties: vegetable seeds, vegetable seeds, old seeds, flower seeds, plant seeds, etc. To enhance your dishes, we recommend using sources from organic farming. If you want to grow your roots in a planter or your vegetable garden, choose to buy certified seeds!
List Of Seeds
Hemp seeds, also called hemp seeds, are overflowing with beneficial properties for our health and, contrary to popular belief, do not contain psychoactive ingredients. Very rich in fiber, they facilitate good digestion. In cooking, their crunchy texture and nutty flavor go wonderfully in many dishes. Integrated into seasonal salads, they will provide your body with many essential fatty acids!
These tiny black or beige seeds from herbaceous plants are native to Mexico. Their texture is close to that of poppy seeds. As they are very rich in fiber and essential fatty acids, they help regulate blood pressure while effectively fighting constipation. They are also rich in plant proteins and can, therefore, be a valuable ally for people who do not consume proteins from the animal world. You can quickly introduce them to many dishes, and they will perfectly complement your salads, dairy products, cereals, or even smoothies.
These cucurbit seeds are full of diuretic qualities. Consumed regularly, they help soothe urinary system disorders, fight intestinal parasites, and relieve constipation. When shelled, they add a slight nutty flavor to your dishes. Thus, they can enhance vinaigrettes, sauces, or even purees. Once grilled in a pan, they go well into delicious seasonal salads, giving them a little crunch.
Tiny seeds with a brown or blond color are very rich in essential fatty acids, mainly omega 3. This is why they are often recommended for people suffering from cardiovascular disorders. Sometimes appreciated in the form of whole seeds, sometimes preferred ground or crushed, flax seeds and their slight nutty taste can enhance many delicious culinary preparations: bread, cakes, pies, breads, crumbles, cereals, yogurts, compotes, seasonal salads, meatloaves, etc.
Sesame seeds vary in color from creamy white to dark brown and measure only a few millimeters. Very rich in fiber, calcium, and phosphorus, they help promote intestinal transit and help strengthen bones. They are used to flavor cakes, breads, and biscuits or to garnish salads, gratins, or fish dishes. When toasted, sesame seeds give off sweet, nutty aromas. They can also be found in oil, puree, or condiment.
Particularly sweet and crunchy, sunflower seeds are distinguished by their striped color. Rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids and minerals, they can be slipped into tasty dishes: plates of raw vegetables, stuffed vegetables, pies, oatmeal, etc. They can also be nibbled as an aperitif alone or on guacamole toast, for example. When cooked and toasted, sunflower seeds intensify in flavor but retain all their benefits!