Pepita most specifically refers to the roasted, toasted, or dried version of a pumpkin or squash seed that is consumed as a snack. I don’t know about you, but a handful of pepitas, lightly salted and still a bit warm from the oven is the yummiest snack on a chill Autumnal afternoon! Pepitas also have any number of other delicious uses since they are a versatile addition to many a dish. Off the top of my head I can think of adding pepita to salads, to pasta, and making pumpkin seed butter.
Fresh pepitas ready to be baked and eaten – yummers!
I have always had a fondness for pepitas, I just never knew they had such a delightful name, to me they were always just pumpkin seeds. From now on it’s pepitas for me!
Namaste ~ Ella
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