pe·​pi·​ta | \ pe-ˈpē-tä How to pronounce pepita (audio) \

Definition of pepita

: the edible seed of a pumpkin or squash often dried or toasted

Examples of pepita in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sesame seeds, pepitas, peanuts, toasted chiles, and oils like hazelnut and almond are livening up everything from tacos to crudité. Sunset Magazine, "Go Nuts with These Tomato-Less, Protein-Packed Salsas," 16 Apr. 2020 Tangy romesco sauce and roasted pepitas energized roasted cauliflower. Mike Sutter,, "Review: The Magpie restaurant aims small, scores big with Korean-inspired food on San Antonio’s East Side," 5 Mar. 2020 Third: Chocolate pumpkin cake with cinnamon-chili ganache, candied pepitas, berries. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Zack Bruell Restaurant Week set to begin," 8 Jan. 2020 First: Soup or frisee salad with Great Lakes growers greens, feta cheese, golden raisins, toasted pepitas, cider vinaigrette. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Zack Bruell Restaurant Week set to begin," 8 Jan. 2020 Big Jones: The family-style meal offers a Cajun spin on Thanksgiving dishes including deep-fried turkey with cranberry sauce, giblet gravy, charred Brussels sprouts, mashed sweet potatoes with pepitas and dark chocolate pecan bourbon balls. Samantha Nelson,, "26 restaurants where you can eat out or pick up carryout for Thanksgiving dinner," 8 Nov. 2019 Serve squash topped with cheese mixture, cranberries, and pepitas. Sunny Jin, Country Living, "Roasted Squash with Goat Cheese and Poached Cranberries," 29 Oct. 2019 Here are a few of our favorite ways to get more pepitas in our lives. Washington Post, "Pumpkin seeds can pack a powerful punch — and these recipes prove it," 28 Oct. 2019 Wine: Signature winetail. • Seared scallops with a medley of local squash, smoked pepitas and brown-butter sage sauce. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Tri-C benefit wine dinner scheduled," 22 Nov. 2019

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Pepita.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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