Pepitas Hybrid Pumpkin Seeds

Pepitas Hybrid Pumpkin Seeds

The Best for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds!


(P) Pkt of 10 seeds
Item # 52710-PK-P1
Available to ship.
$2.95
Buy 3+ at $2.25 ea
90 days from direct-sowing.

The worst problem you will have with Pepitas Hybrid is trying to decide whether to display the beautiful pumpkins or slice into them for delicious roasted seeds and tender, succulent flesh! A fantastic all-purpose variety that justly won a 2016 All-America Selection, Pepitas wants to be your go-to pumpkin all season long!

These round, smooth fruits average 9 to 12 pounds each (and measure about 12 to 14 inches in diameter), with nice strong handles and lovely golden-orange rinds generously streaked, splashed, and freckled in deep green. No two are just alike, which makes them even more interesting for autumn decor.

But there is much more to Pepitas than its pretty exterior! Its name comes from the seeds within each pumpkin. Typically, pumpkin seeds (pepitas) have a hard shell or hull, which is best removed before roasting and eating the seeds. But Pepitas has "hull-less" (also called "naked") seeds, so you just rinse and dry them, then lay them on the baking sheet for roasting, adding any spices or seasonings you choose. They are tender, succulent, nutty, and thoroughly delicious -- with no messy hulling needed from you!

Needless to say, Pepitas is packed with seeds, since that's its main selling point. But the flesh is also delicious raw or cooked. So you are back to your dilemma: to show off these gorgeous pumpkins or whack them open and start cooking?!

Part of the reason for Pepitas's AAS award is the superior disease resistance of its vines, so you can expect trouble-free growth and big yields from this variety. The plants reach about 16 inches high and spread many feet wide; you need space, sunshine, and good soil drainage to grow Pepitas, but not much else!

Sow the seeds outdoors when danger of frost is past, or start indoors in peat pots for quick transplant. Plant the seedlings (or thin to) 3 to 4 feet apart. Corn and beans are traditional pumpkin companions in a Three Sisters planting; other good friends in the pumpkin patch are nasturtiums, marigolds, oregano, and dill, all of which help repel pests such as squash beetles. Pumpkins also grow well with melons and with other varieties of squash. Packet is 10 seeds.