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Oct 14, 2009 12:33 PM


Hi Everybody:

Does anybody know where I can buy pepitas? They are little, greenish, salted pumpkin seeds (I think) that are often served with drinks in Mexico. Quite common there and tasty. Thank you!

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  1. American Nut & Chocolate Company
    121 Newmarket Sq, Boston, MA 02118
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    (617) 427-1510

    and most any supermarket in the international section or, certainly, Latin markets in Eastie & JP.

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    1. re: Taralli

      And there is a local (Massachusetts South Coast) Portuguese version sold in ethnic liquor stores and portuguese stores in East Cambridge and East Somerville along with fried favas and chickpeas. However, the seeds are the wider white pumpkin/squash seeds, not green like pepitas.

      If you want to do your own, try Market Basket in Chelsea which has locally grown "calabaza" (although not necessarily the same variety which would be used) and should have some canned pepitas. If you want to try the South Coast version, try the McGrath O'Brien Stop and Shop in Somerville which has larger bags of fried favas/chickpeas from the same company (just not certain about the pumpkin seeds). If they don't have pepitas, Tony's Foodland is nearby on Broadway and if they don't have the Southcoast seeds, Alexander Barrio's liquors also on Broadway usually has them.

    2. Pumpkins are in season, you can try making your own if you don't mind a little mess. Butcher a pumpkin or two, spread the seeds on a cookie sheet and roast. Been awhile since i've done it, but I believe 15 minutes at 375 works.

      1. Trader Joe's usually carries them.....

        1. Trader Joe's or Whole Foods Market. My husband recently bought some in bulk from WFM because they were less expensive there. We get the raw unsalted ones though.

          1. I got them at the Trader Joes in Hanover.