[custom_frame_left shadow=”on”]spices[/custom_frame_left] Why pumpkin seed & coriander pesto? A research team from the University of Toronto Scarborough, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Duke University has revealed that zinc plays a critical role in how neurons in the brain communicate with one another. We also need zinc for male sexual function, optimal immune function, wound healing, vision and skin health. A good source of zinc is pumpkin seeds. Sprinkle them over salads, roast in the oven for a great snack or use to make this really delicious pesto. Spicy and fresh, pumpkin seeds are jam-packed with flavour and work as well with fish or chicken as it does with pasta. We found the following recipe at allrecipes.co.uk.
(NOTE: Zinc interferes with your body’s ability to absorb copper, a vital mineral for brain, muscle, nerve and immune system function. Take 2 mg of copper daily to get the most out of zinc.)


  • 4 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

  • 1 bunch coriander

  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
4 cloves garlic

  • 1 hot chilli or to taste, seeded

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons olive oil


Place the pumpkin seeds in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add the coriander, cheese, garlic, chilli, salt and olive oil; cover and process until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl with a spatula as necessary.
Serves 6.

Acknowledgements & Photo credits

  1. Pesto photo courtesy of SB / allrecipes.co.uk