Pepitas Hybrid Pumpkin Seeds

Pepitas Hybrid Pumpkin Seeds

The Best for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds!


(P) Pkt of 10 seeds
Item # 52710-PK-P1

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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.

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Overall Rating: 3.0 / 5.0

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Not all "hull-less"
Lokie from MI wrote on November 22, 2017

I planted these in the spring of 2016. I ordered 2 packs of 10 seeds. They arrived smashed with some broken seeds. I ended up with about 15 seeds being "plantable". Out of the 15 seeds I had about 8 come up. They grew great in the garden. In the fall I got between 12 to 14 pumpkins. Most where a nice orange with none of the green markings that they show in the photo, I had about 3 with some of the green but still not like in the photo. Some where a solid dark orange and rest had slight cream marking on them. I set them out for Halloween but didn't cut into them until after. First one I cut into had lots of small hulled seeds. After all the pumpkins were cut and seeded there was only 3 of the pumpkins that had the "hull-less" seeds. It was the ones with the cream markings that where the "hull-less". The flesh on those was also a creamy pale orange while the rest where an orange to deep reddish orange. This was the only type of pumpkin I grew so there was no cross pollination. All the seeds I planted where "hull-less" . I would plant these again because of how well they did grow if I just wanted them for the looks. But I would not count on them for the "hull-less" seeds. I was disappointed as I grew them for the "hull-less" seeds.