Mike Mike Mike!! Guessssss what day it is! That's right! It's National Pumpkin Seed Day!
Here in the United States, we commonly think of pumpkin seeds in the Fall. While everyone begins going bonkers in late August for pumpkin-spice everything, this is a relatively new phenomenon. As member of Generation-X, pumpkins entered my head a week or two into October, when it was time to carve them into Jack-O-Lanterns.
Part of the fun was when you first got the top of the pumpkin off and reached-in to scoop-out "the guts." Among those guts were a bonanza of seeds that you could clean-up, arrange in a shallow baking-tray, and roast with salt in the oven. Sometimes I liked eating those more than some of the weird candy people would hand-out trick-or-treating (Necco Wafers and Mary Jane Candy, I'm talking about you!)
Just to our South, however, pumpkin seeds have been more of a year-round affair. Our neighbors in Mexico use "pepitas" in numerous dishes & sauces, and like us, they also like to roast them for use as snacks. In fact, pumpkin seeds have a history that reaches down into South America as far back as the Aztec civilizations of 1300-1500 A.D.
Today here in the U.S. you can buy roasted & salted pumpkin seeds year-round as a snack in just about any supermarket or convenience store. Or if you're really lazy like me and don't want to do the work of chewing through the seeds' white outer-husk, you can buy them already-shelled at Trader Joe's!
So where are we going with today's musical selection? Let's hit the highway... "The Lost Highway:" David Lynch's 1997 mystery-thriller film featuring a soundtrack assembled by Lynch and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. For National Pumpkin Seed Day, we'll fast-forward to Track-6 from The Smashing Pumpkins and a tune entitled, "Eye." It's just been added to the 31-Days of Halloween playlist. Happy listening! -Kristen