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Where to get shelled pumpkin seeds?

plantainchips Jun 19, 2011 09:30 AM

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

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  1. wolfe Jun 19, 2011 09:38 AM

    Trader Joe's?

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      plantainchips Jun 19, 2011 10:27 AM

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

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        Glencora Jun 19, 2011 11:16 AM

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

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          coll Jun 19, 2011 11:27 AM

          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?

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            vday Jun 20, 2011 10:40 PM

            yep, pepitias at my TJ too:-)

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        wally Jun 19, 2011 11:22 AM

        Berkeley Bowl has them, once again in Berkeley.

        Berkeley Bowl
        2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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          oldunc Jun 19, 2011 11:28 AM

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

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            plantainchips Jun 19, 2011 11:39 AM

            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. Melanie Wong Jun 19, 2011 03:55 PM

            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
              plantainchips Jun 20, 2011 11:24 PM

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

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              2sjfoodies Jun 19, 2011 04:10 PM

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

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                DezzerSF Jun 21, 2011 08:57 AM

                Yes, whole foods in the nuts section.

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