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Don
Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 9:08pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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I don't live near any big HFS like Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Wild Oats, etc. and the local small HFS I shop at doesn't have raw organic pumpkin seeds so lately I have been buying raw non-organic pumpkin seeds.

In the past I would order 5lb bags of raw organic pumpkin seeds, along with several other items, from Azure Standard in OR. However, I haven't ordered anything from them in a while because shipping is expensive from OR to AL for the heavy bulk items I was ordering, and is wasteful if I can source them closer to AL. However, their prices are good. Currently their price is $4.45/lb and $17.95/5lbs for the raw organic pumpkin seeds.

Therefore, I am looking for an online source of raw organic pumpkin seeds at a good price that is from somewhere closer to AL then the west coast. Any ideas?


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I did a quick google search and came up with the following sites. Prices seem to be around $5/lb, give or take.

~~http://www.tierrafarm.com (upstate New York)

~~http://www.wildernessfamilynaturals.com  (northern Minnesota)

~~http://www.rawguru.com (couldn't find where they were located, but free shipping over $100 if that's any help)

~~http://www.nutsonline.com (Newark, New Jersey--a very popular company here)

I couldn't find anything closer to you in Alabama, but will keep checking.


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Thanks for looking. I had looked at some of those sources. A couple of them have OK prices for 1 lb, but either don't have a discount for larger amounts or the discount isn't as big as Azure Standard.

I notice that Tierra Farms lists their source as China. I wonder if most stores source them from China and just don't list it. I think I would prefer not to buy food products sourced from China, and that was my position even before the rash of recent problems with products from China.


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Well, are you anywhere near this HFS:

Honey And Spice Health Foods
218 Main Street Suite 144
Trussville, AL 35173
205-655-0307

If so, on Eden Organic's site, it says that they carry a "wide variety of Eden foods".  It further says to call to check on the availability of any individual product.  Eden Organic makes excellent dry-roasted pumpkin seeds.  They do not have a raw variety, though.

You can also order the pumpkin seeds from Eden Organic's own site but it looks like they might not fit your price point:

http://www.edenfoods.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=113015


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I also buy the Eden Organic Spicy Pumpkin Seeds, Dry Roasted w/Tamari, 10 lb bulk bag.

However, I also like to get and eat raw pumpkin seeds. I suspect they are better for you since they are raw.

Thanks for the HFS store suggestion, but that is about a 2 hour drive and the Whole Foods store in the same general area is probably a little closer. At that distance I might as well order from Azure Standard.


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Quoted from ironwood55
I also buy the Eden Organic Spicy Pumpkin Seeds, Dry Roasted w/Tamari, 10 lb bulk bag.

However, I also like to get and eat raw pumpkin seeds. I suspect they are better for you since they are raw.

True, the raw could have properties that are cooked out in the dry-roasted.
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Thanks for the HFS store suggestion, but that is about a 2 hour drive and the Whole Foods store in the same general area is probably a little closer. At that distance I might as well order from Azure Standard.

Drat!  Oh well.

I'll keep looking.



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btw, Don, does Eden use wheat-free tamari for that variety?  Just curious, as I've been shying away from that variety due to wondering.  I don't think it says wheat-free on the label.  I get the original, dry-roasted with salt variety.  Sooooooooooooooo, so, so, so wonderful.  For many years, there was no good brand of dry-roasted pumpkin seeds out there, so I really appreciate Eden Organic.

Anyway, I will keep hunting for ya.  That's what us O's excel at.


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P.S.  To answer my own question (lol), went back to the Eden Organic site and it looks like their tamari is indeed totally wheat-free.  Not only does it break down the ingredients list on the package (I guess I had stayed away, now that I hark back, due to the soy since I'm a non, not due to worrying about wheat in the tamari), but they have a little button in that product description that says "wheat-free", bless 'em:

http://www.edenfoods.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=75_76&products_id=112365


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Last Q:  are they really spicy or just semi-spicy?  Not a fan of really spicy/hot peppery foods.  But a little flav-o-flav would be nice.


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Quoted from Edna
Last Q:  are they really spicy or just semi-spicy?  Not a fan of really spicy/hot peppery foods.  But a little flav-o-flav would be nice.

They are pretty spicy. However, I can easily eat a cup or more of them at one sitting, and so can both of my sons. At times I wish they were a little less spicy, but the salted version is a little too plain. All 3 of us picked the spicy ones as the preferred version.

I would certainly recommend that you get one regular small bag of them before you buy a case or the 10lb bag. Maybe you could mix the two to make your own mild spicy version.  


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Great idea about mixing the two, I'll try it.  Adding some raisins or something to the mixture could help "dilute" the spices as well, in addition to giving it a complexity of sweetness and spice.

Anyway, you have now inspired me to take a walk on the wild side and try the spicy variety.  I do love the regular old salted ones, too, though.  The roasted pumpkin seeds themselves are so wonderful in flavor that they only need salt (and ideally a little oil when you roast 'em yourself, imho) to turn out perfectly.  Roasted pumpkin seeds, btw, are one of my top five FAVORITE foods of all time.  Um um um um UM!


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