With their outer shell removed, green pumpkin seeds (a.k.a. pepitas) are pleasantly chewy and have a mellow, nutty flavor that's made them a popular snack dating back to the ancient Aztecs. These are roasted and salted to be even more gratifying.
They may have origins in Mexico, but pumpkins-and their seeds-were an essential part of The Three Sisters (along with corn and beans) for the Native Americans, who were savvy enough to use every part of the fruit in one way or the other. Even farther back, Aztecs would dry the seeds in the sun to transform them into longer-lasting fuel for never-ending journeys. Imagine that: We still rely on pepitas' power to boost our energy (they are loaded with protein) and support heart health and do so much more on our health's behalf, and are a wonderful source of iron for those who don't eat red meat.
But really, if they didn't taste so good, odds are they wouldn't have survived the whims of man over so many centuries. They're nutty tasting and chewy textured and a wonderful addition to dips, salads, soups, sauces, and other savory stuff, plus a staple in making muffins and breads and cakes. These are salted and sensational for snacking.
Shelled Roasted Pepitas, Salt, Peanut and/or Cottonseed Oil
Product of China
Warning: Packaged in a facility that processes peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat and dairy products.
Serving Size: 33g (~1.2 oz)
Amount per Serving
|Calories from Fat||120|