Definition of pepita in English:

pepita

noun

US
  • A pumpkin seed, typically hulled and roasted and eaten as a snack or used in cooking.

    ‘pepitas bring a nice crunch to this otherwise smooth, creamy soup’
    • ‘Stir in 1/2 cup hulled raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas), 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin, and 1/8 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, paprika, cayenne, and salt.’
    • ‘You can buy pumpkin seeds raw (called pepitas, they show up often in Mexican dishes) and either with or without their hulls.’
    • ‘The products for sale include dry pepitas and chilies.’
    • ‘Tonight Amee donned her maroon Kathmandu dress and cooked up a scrummy dessert of stewed apples and pears with cinnamon and pepitas and lime peel and cloves.’
    • ‘The raw, hulled pepitas (pumpkin seeds) were a little difficult to find, but I found them in the bulk containers in the baking aisle at a local grocery store.’
    • ‘Blend remaining pepitas in blender until finely ground.’
    • ‘I have my homemade wheat-free cereal (by homemade I mean self-assembled) made from puffed millet, puffed rice, puffed corn, soy grits, dried fruit, coconut, sunflower seeds and pepitas, with sliced banana, sesame seeds and soy milk.’
    • ‘However, it may have been the seeds that were sought after, not the flesh, which would make sense, given the central role pumpkin seeds (pepitas) play in moles and other sauces throughout Mexico, particularly in the Yucatan.’
    • ‘A handful of raw pepitas or dry roasted pumpkin seeds can give you a natural jolt to power through a workout.’
    • ‘In Spain and Mexico pumpkin seeds (pepitas) are eaten roasted, fried, or salted; and they are a popular snack in other countries too.’

Origin

Spanish.

Pronunciation

pepita

/pɛˈpiːtə/