Street Treats - Pepitos

These delicious ‘pepitos’ can be eaten whole or shelled.
The Pepitos or locally known as “Macoby seeds” in Belize is a street treat that has long been a favorite. The shelled pumpkin seeds are often labeled pepitas, which means “little seeds” in Spanish. The pumpkin seeds are easy to make, fast and a tasty substitute for nuts. After you clean out and carve your pumpkins, what do you do with all the seeds inside? Well, most people would roast them, they taste so good that you are lucky if they last for more than one day! There are many different methods for roasting pumpkin seeds, but we will feature the Belizean style recipe; here is how to make them.

Gather these ingredients and follow the steps for your chance to make your own roasted pumpkin seeds for the whole family. Get a hold of some pumpkin or squash seeds, some olive oil or butter, salt or other seasoning. Wash the pumpkin seeds to remove all the pulp, and place in a bowl soaked in water and salt. Drain water and place on a baking sheet. Melt the butter in a pan and then pour, bit by bit, into the nuts, tossing while you go. The key is not to use too much butter, but just enough to lightly coat the seeds. Then, add salt to the nuts, just enough to taste. Preheat the oven to 250F and bake, turning occasionally, until crisp and lightly golden browned. Overcooking causes the nuts to toughen and lose flavor. Then enjoy! The delicious Street roasted seeds are packed with protein, fiber, iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorous, as well as the amino acids. They also contain some calcium, potassium, zinc, selenium, folate, and niacin. The pepitos seeds are sold in the shell, shelled, roasted, and raw. They can be found in stores and of course your local street stalls sold in bags for just a dollar. The salty pepitos can be eaten whole without shelling, as long as the outer shell is crunchy. The crunchier the outer shell, the better the taste. Get yours today, the very popular delicacy sells really fast and is truly a treat among treats!

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