What are pepita seeds?

What are pepita seeds?

What are Pepita seeds? Well, they are very similar to pumpkin seeds. The main difference is that traditional pumpkin seeds have a shell and grow in various squashes, while pepita seeds are shell-less seeds from specific squash varieties. Interestingly enough, once you crack open a pumpkin seed, the seed inside is a pepita seed. Popnotch Goods' pumpkin seeds are grown from a unique variety of squash in which the seeds grow without a shell. This makes it a very easy snack to eat, with no need to fuss around with shells anymore!

We source our pepita seeds from Mexico, one of the top-producing countries of pumpkin seeds. Mexico grows a large variety of fruits and vegetables and is home to many seasoning producers as well. That is why Popnotch Goods has such unique and delicious pumpkin seeds and flavors.

Popnotch Goods has four unique pepita seed flavors: Spicy Ashwagandha, Chipotle Maple, Matcha Cacao Cucurma, and Tex-Mex Cheddar. These flavors may seem strange on pumpkin seeds, but they pack a ton of flavor on a healthy snack and garnish ingredient.

Spicy Ashwagandha

Spicy Ashwagandha is one of our b flavors. This unique combination has heads turning. Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub in India, Africa, and the Middle East. The roots of an Ashwagandha shrub are what hold all the health benefits. These roots are processed into a powder and used in supplements or as ingredients in food. Ashwagandha is known to have several health benefits for sleep, anxiety, and stress. In its raw form, Ashwagandha is bitter to taste, but when paired with a touch of sugar, spices, ancho chili, and ginger, it becomes a delectable treat. These seeds are a great everyday snack and a fabulous garnish for food dishes. Pair them with your morning yogurt, a healthy salad, or ice cream for a little crunch! 

Chipotle Maple

Chipotle Maple is a one-of-a-kind flavor. It is sweet and salty with a bit of heat! These seeds make a perfect on-the-go snack or garnish on top of salads, soups, or your favorite savory recipe. We especially love them on avocado toast. Try them at Popnotch Goods or order them online now! 

Matcha, Cacao, & Curcurma

What are these flavors? Matcha has been a trendy flavor in recent years but has been around for centuries. Matcha is the powder form of green tea leaves. This powder is generally added to water or milk to make a tasty drink. Matcha has multiple health benefits: it is high in antioxidants, can boost metabolism, and is high in fiber.

On to Cacao. Many people may know what comes from cacao: chocolate. This is true, but cacao is an edible fruit, meaning you can eat both the seeds and the actual fruit. The base of chocolate comes from the seeds. Processors of chocolate ferment the seeds, turn them into a paste and then sweeten and flavor the paste. The paste produced from this process is the base of all chocolate. Cacao has many benefits, hence why dark chocolate is considered healthy. It is high in antioxidants and has flavonoids known to benefit cardiovascular health.

This delicious flavor's final ingredient is Curcuma, also known as turmeric. The health benefits of turmeric come from the active ingredient, curcumin. Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory, is high in antioxidants, and helps keep cells alive.

With all this information, you can see how this superfood combination makes an already healthy seed even more enticing. You must try these seeds to see how much flavor they have! Try the Matcha Cacao Curcuma pepita seeds on your morning yogurt, overnight oats, or throughout your day as a snack. You will not be disappointed but instead pleasantly satisfied.

Tex-Mex Cheddar

Who doesn't love a classic cheesy flavor? Our Tex-Mex Cheddar pepita seeds are just that but with a little twist. This flavor combines flavors from Mexico and South America to create a smokey and savory flavor that does not disappoint. They are delicious on any flavorful recipe, such as tacos, salads, soups, or as a garnish to charcuterie spreads.

Now you know the differences between a pumpkin seed and a pepita seed, along with the uniqueness of each flavor Popnotch Goods provides, but do you know the health benefits of these seeds? Pepita seeds are a very keto-friendly snack which means they are low in carbohydrates, high in protein, and a great source of unsaturated fats. In just 1 cup of pepita seeds, there are roughly 5g of carbs, 30g of protein, and 5g of unsaturated fat. Don't let it scare you that they are a high-calorie snack. In small increments, these seeds provide your body with many nutrients and can help reduce your appetite. Snacking on these throughout the day or using them as a garnish in your food dishes immediately adds nutritional benefits to your diet. 

Pepita seeds are also rich in minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. They are rich in magnesium which is found throughout the body. Magnesium aids in protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, and regulating sugar levels in the blood. They are also rich in potassium, vitamin K, and iron. Finally, pepita seeds are rich in antioxidants which help maintain your body's ability to keep cells alive. Studies have also shown that pepita seeds can reduce certain cancers, regulate blood pressure, contribute to a healthier heart, and increase your body's ability to function correctly. 

This is a lot of information, but a lot of top-notch information. Most of us think of pumpkin seeds as just a fall snack after carving pumpkins, but knowing more about the health benefits of these seeds and how versatile they set them apart as a true superfood. 

To learn even more about pepita seeds and other ingredients we mentioned, check out the websites below!

Countries that produce pumpkin seeds.
What is the difference between pumpkin seeds and pepita seeds?
Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds.
Are pepitas pumpkin seeds?
Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds.
Nutrition and Healthy Eating - Antioxidants
11 Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds


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