Dry Roasted Organic Pumpkin Seed Kernels (Pepitas)
Organic Pumpkin Seed Kernels are the raw, hulled seeds from the pumpkin. Also known as pepitas, these roasted pumpkin seeds are subtly sweet and nutty with a toasty crunch.
Storage & handling
Store in cool, dry place.
Organic pumpkin seed kernels.
Organic Roasted Pumpkin Seed Kernels (also called pepitas) are the flat, dark green seeds found inside pumpkins. While available still covered in the off-white husk (frequently misidentified as their "shell"), this version is made by roasting the raw seeds after their husks have been removed to make the most of their smooth, almost creamy texture. After roasting they are granulated to make them even easier to incorporate into recipes and products. The word "pepita" is Spanish for "squash's little seed" and is frequently used to refer to these seeds whether or not the husk has been removed.
Pumpkins are part of the gourd (or Curcurbitaceae) family and, as such, are related to other edible gourds including all sorts of squash but also cantaloupe, watermelon and even cucumbers.
Pumpkins and many of their gourd relatives are native to North and South America. They have been a staple food source since pre-agricultural times throughout both contents, at least as far back as the Aztec civilization in South America 3,500 years ago. After the European conquest of the Americas pumpkin cultivation spread throughout Europe through the Mediterranean and the Indian subcontinent into Asia.
This bright, flavorful salad features a nontraditional pesto made from cilantro leaves, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas) and salty parmesan cheese. Our rehydrated Freeze Dried Corn and roasted red pepper add delightful contrast and texture.