Guacamole with pumpkin seeds

Guacamole with pumpkin seeds is like manna to the prostate gland. It not only tastes divine but has the ingredients to keep the water-works flowing.

Some like it hot; then use some of the peppadew or chili seeds.


  • 1 avocado
  • A small chunk of finely-chopped onion
  • Half a dozen strands of chives
  • 1 peppadew
  • A handful of pumpkin seeds
  • Handful of green coriander; dhanya
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/4 of a lime or lemon
  • 1 very ripe tomato is optional
  • S&P

Go for it

  1. Toss the pumpkin seeds onto a hot pan until they begin to pop and you can smell the aroma; a few minutes only. Cool and blend briefly in a coffee grinder.
  2. Halve the peppadew, remove the seeds and chop finely.
  3. Peel and remove the seeds from the lime; blend with the olive oil.
  4. Chop the dhanya and chives finely.
  5. Mix together and then mash all the ingredients.
Hass and Fuerte avocado.

For some reason I'm not fond of guacamole mixed with tomato; this is an alternative to the way it is made traditionally. I never follow recipes slavishly anyway.

This guacamole with pumpkin seed tastes divine and it fits perfectly with our slogan of slow food, made fast. Enjoy it with a summer salad or on wholemeal sourdough bread.

Terrified of the old man's lurgy, I am always on the lookout for foods that will enable me to continue to enjoy a sweet pee; getting it up is not unimportant too.

Enter the avocado, rich in a phytochemical called beta-sitosterol[2]. There is strong research that it helps prevent benign prostatic hyperplasia; and reduces both the absorption and synthesis of cholesterol by the liver [1].

Avocados have large amounts of monounsaturated fatty-acids, known to protect our nerves, hearts and the prostate gland too.

They also have a large amount of fibre, helping to keep us regular.

Researchers publishing in Urology International stated that pumpkin seeds reduce the prostate symptom-score by 5 points after 12 months[3]; that's huge.

In short guacamole with pumpkin seeds is not only a true functional-food, promoting wellness and preventing disease but also tastes divine.

Adapt this recipe using your own favourite herbs; perhaps a little roasted-garlic or parsley instead of dhania, also known as cilantro.

Basket full of peppadews.

Growing peppadews is not difficult but they do have a long season and must be staked; the piquant flavour of chilis without the extreme heat.

The branches do need to be supported; they become very heavy with the fruit and will not ripen if they fall on the ground. They are definitely our favourite pepper.

Guacamole with pumpkin seeds

Guacamole with pumpkin seeds can be rustled up in little more than ten-minutes; it's true slow food, made fast.

Growing cilantro, also known as dhanya.

Pumpkin for diabetes

The pumpkin family has been used for centuries in the treatment of diabetes; in small amounts because it has a moderately high glycemic index. Despite the huge advances of modern medicine the disease affects nearly half of folk who are eating what is now being called the industrial-diet; what you will find in the supermarket. 

Using food as medicine researchers have found that those suffering from type 2 diabetes can put their disease completely into remission without the use of any drugs. That would include a food like butternut, pumpkin or zucchini.


Butternut and sweetpotato patch MayButternut and sweet potato patch

Butternut squash is my preferred member of the pumpkin family. It is easy to grow but it will take over parts of the garden. For best results plant the seeds in a compost heap.

If you want to be assured of organic pumpkin seeds to go with your guacamole then you have grow one of the many members of this family. Scrape them out of the gourd and roast them[4].

Many colours

Since reading the strong research showing that eating many coloured foods gives us protection against disease, I have become besotted on the subject.

Aim for at least 7 different coloured foods daily. The quantity is less important; the handful of coriander in your guacamole with pumpkin seeds would count.

Add them up; there are 7 different coloured foods in your guacamole. That's your bundle for the day in one dish.

The prostate gland and the breast are particularly targeted by these carcinogens. For example the emulsifiers added to peanut butter to stop the oil separating out is particularly nasty. Food manufacturers just love to add chemicals to our food.

Ask any doctor and he will tell you. It's scary when dealing with young women with small children facing mastectomy, chemotherapy and death.


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