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Jun 19, 2011 09:30 AM

Where to get shelled pumpkin seeds?

Any place that sells these in South Bay? So far I have only found them with shells still on.

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    1. re: wolfe

      No, checked there already. They have shelled sunflower seeds but not pumpkin.

      1. re: plantainchips

        Monterey Market sells them. Feel like making a trek to Berkeley?

        1. re: plantainchips

          I don't live near you, but my Trader Joes always has shelled pumpkin seeds. They're labeled pepitas, don't remember if they mention that they're pumpkin?

          1. re: coll

            yep, pepitias at my TJ too:-)

      2. Berkeley Bowl has them, once again in Berkeley.

        Berkeley Bowl
        2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

        1. I get them regularly at Trader Joe's- they're sold as pepitas (the Mexican name).

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          1. re: oldunc

            Pumpkin seeds = pepitas?

            Really, never knew that, but how nice to learn it on CH :) Thanks coll and oldunc and the replies for Berkeley - just when I was thinking Berkeley had the market cornered on pumpkin seed... Yes I have seen the bags labelled 'pepitas' in Trader Joe's, I guess I just thought it was seed from some plant I was not familiar with.

          2. It's convenient to buy pepitas from Trader Joe's, but the last couple times I've been disappointed with the taste and quality. Much better are the bulk packed pepitas that can be purchased from Mexican grocery stores. These are darker green, less dryish and more oily in texture, and they have many times more flavor. The pepians and moles I make taste much better. I stay away from the prepackaged ones in the glassine envelopes with the spice packages and get the ones weighed out in plastic bags or boxes.

            And yes, pepitas are pumpkin seeds or seeds from other types of squash.

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            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Hmm, I wouldn't have thought to check Mexican grocery stores or that they get used in moles. Thanks for the detailed info.

            2. I bought some a few days ago at Whole foods on Blossom Hill Rd. San Jose

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              1. re: 2sjfoodies

                Yes, whole foods in the nuts section.