Last evening I toasted sesame seeds for salad toppings in the oven.  After dinner I poured alfalfa seeds into trays to sprout and later made a popcorn snack.  I began to think about the different seeds  included in my winter diet. Taking a quick inventory of the pantry shelf I found sunflower seeds, dill seeds, poppy seeds, mustard seeds, pumpkin seeds, alfalfa seeds, and popcorn as staples. 


Alfalfa and Sesame Seeds

Pumpkin, Popcorn, and Mustard Seeds

Dill, Sesame, and Poppy Seeds

Pumpkin & Sunflower Seeds

The flavor of seeds is enhanced by roasting them in a warm oven, toasting them under the broiler, or tossing them in a hot skillet with butter.   Seeds are especially tasty added to cakes, muffins, homemade yeast and sweet breads or salads.

Life is better with herbs & seeds,