Pumpkins are indigenous to the Americas but soon became popular throughout the world as a snack food. Sometimes called “pepitas,” (the Spanish word for pumpkin seed) pumpkin seeds are well known for their nutritional benefits. In fact, the Aztec culture of central Mexico cultivated pumpkins since 6000 B.C., prizing the squash for its delicious seeds (Graber, 2003). Today, pumpkin seeds make a convenient and tasty snack food that delivers a host of benefits. One of their best features is their versatility; they are good as a stand-alone snack, a salad topping, an added crunch to cookies, or even an ingredient in burgers. Whether roasted or unroasted, shelled or unshelled, pepitas are a fantastic snack food that is full of beneficial nutrients.