In view of the other reviews this may seem a bit extreme. Unfortunately, after some consideration the following comments are a true statement of our experience. My wife has been munching on pumpkin seeds for several years and these seemed to be a good choice. She recently commented that she had not been eating these as they seemed to have a powdery taste and little else. I had been an occasional muncher and grabbed a handful to try. I had to agree with her judgment and these are now being fed to the birds. In fairness to the supplier, I also ordered flaked coconut which have been excellent and I shall be reordering those and maybe trying other products. Follow up. After revisiting this issue we decided to give the seeds a good rinse and dry in a warm oven. The improvement was immediate and they are now back for consumption with an improved star rating.