Definition of pepita in US English:

pepita

noun

US
  • A pumpkin seed.

    ‘pepitas bring a nice crunch to this otherwise smooth, creamy soup’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You can buy pumpkin seeds raw (called pepitas, they show up often in Mexican dishes) and either with or without their hulls.’
    • ‘In Spain and Mexico pumpkin seeds (pepitas) are eaten roasted, fried, or salted; and they are a popular snack in other countries too.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A handful of raw pepitas or dry roasted pumpkin seeds can give you a natural jolt to power through a workout.’
    • ‘Blend remaining pepitas in blender until finely ground.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The products for sale include dry pepitas and chilies.’

Origin

Spanish.

Pronunciation

pepita

/peˈpēdə/