Seeds

Seeds are an incredibly important of our diets-they're the main source of human calories and protein, and also provide cooking oils, beverages and spices. Seeds include grains, legumes and certain types of nuts, and vary widely in size and shape. We especially like to use pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and sunflower seeds when we're cooking because they're super versatile and are an easy way to add nutrients and protein. Seeds can be turned into creamy vinaigrettes, crunchy brittle and homemade granola bars. Whether you prefer flax seeds or cumin seeds, F&W's guide has a recipe for every occasion.

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Xeni Atapakua (Three-Seed Pipián with Sorrel)

Atapakua is a Purhépecha term that refers to whole range of stew-like dishes thickened with masa. In this atapakua from Imelda Campos Sebastián (also known as doña Mela) of Michoacan, Mexico, sorrel adds bright acidity to a masa-thickened sauce made of a blend of seeds and vegetables. Greens like mature arugula, mustard greens, or Swiss chard can stand in for sorrel in this dish but will lack its punchy flavor. (If substituting heartier Swiss chard or mustard greens for sorrel, remove the stems before using). Doña Mela doesn't serve this dish with lemon, but if sorrel is unavailable, squeeze in a few drops of lemon juice before serving. Yerba buena, similar to orange mint, has a citrusy, minty flavor with notes of pine; look for it or orange mint at Mexican grocery stores or at plant nurseries.

Toasted Pumpkin Seed and Árbol Vinaigrette

Toasting the pumpkin seeds and the chiles gives this versatile sweet and savory dressing from Sqirl in Los Angeles a wonderful smoky and toasty flavor. Slideshow: More Pumpkin Seed Recipes 

Sunflower Seed Recipes

Whether you want to try a new take on classic risotto or add crunch (and protein) to a simple salad, these recipes featuring sunflower seeds are perfect for any occasion.

Poppy Seed Recipes

Almond-poppy seed granola, poppy seed cake and lime-scented poppy-seed rice pudding with mango are only few of the many delicious recipes featured here.

Flax Seed

From a banana-walnut bread with flax to a flax seed granola parfait, here are some healthy and delicious flax seed-based recipes.

Eat Like a Bird With These Amazing Seed Recipes

I may be a fan of rabbit food (hello, vegetable-forward cooking!), but this spring I am particularly excited about eating like a bird—specifically, a seed-eating bird. Sunflower seeds, millet and flax seeds can all be found in birdseed blends, but why should you let your feathered friends have all of the fun?  
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Sesame Seeds

From nori granola to rainbow falafel, all these amazing recipes include sesame seeds.

Chia Seed Recipes

Use chia seeds to add an interesting flavor and texture to some of your favorite classic recipes.

Sunflower Seed & Rosemary Crackers

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Rocca Kitchen & Bar, BostonRocca's consulting pastry chef, Ruth-Anne Adams, and her husband, Tom Fosnot, the restaurant's chef, sampled many breads while traveling through Liguria, Italy. A simple, sunflower seed–flecked cracker from the town of Chiavari was their favorite, and back at Rocca, they re-created it as a snack. More Cocktail Party Recipes