Pepitas are pumpkin seeds that have been hulled and are ready to be enjoyed raw or roasted.
We refer to pumpkin seeds as pepitas because it is the Spanish cooking term for these seeds that have popular culinary application in Mexico. Pumpkins are originally from the Americas and, along with other squashes, were one of the first cultivated vegetables. Pepitas are a superfood because they are extremely nutrient-dense. They contain protein, iron, fiber, riboflavin, niacin, potassium, folate, and more- all in surprisingly high amounts for such a little seed. Roasted and salted pumpkin seeds are of course a favorite around Halloween. Pepitas are also often marinated before roasting and pumpkin seed oil is commonly used in European cuisines as well.
Recipes with Pepitas