I have been eating handfuls of seeds my whole life. Toss in mouth, find a nice fat one, Maneuver to front teeth, crack, extract seed, spit shells. Just a totally unconscious process.
But lately it seems like I can barely get through half an handful before they are just too soaked and soft to crack, and mush with pressure on the edges. I have to go to an alternative technique where you have to squeeze it through the shell like a tube of toothpaste.
I don’t remember doing that except in rare circumstances before. Are they making wussy porous shells now? Or do different parts of the country get different species of seeds or something? My rate hasn’t slowed, but I now have to grab twice as many handfuls half the size to get a good consistent crack.