Pepitas, Roasted & Salted
Pepitas, or pumpkin seeds, come from the Spanish word pepita or little seed of squash. The seeds are from edible squash or pumpkin and are commonly flat and asymmetrically oval. Commercially, they are either white or light green in color, the white variety being larger and rounder than green pepitas. Nutrient-rich, pepitas are high in protein, dietary fiber and numerous micronutrients. They are available either raw or roasted and salted and can be used in baking or culinary recipes. In addition, they are a healthy snack food. Cultivation of pumpkin and squash grown for pepitas is primarily done in Mexico and other Latin American countries as well as China.