Why It Works
- Husk-on pepitas deliver a more complex flavor than shelled ones do.
- Sifting the alguashte through a strainer removes any stubborn fibrous bits.
Alguashte is a seasoning popular in El Salvador made up of ground pumpkin seeds and used as a condiment for fresh-cut fruits like mangoes both ripened and green, jicama, oranges, and other tropical fruits and seeds. The aromatic, nutty ingredient is also used in savory Salvadoran dishes.
The pumpkin seeds used for alguashte are typically either from ayote or pepian, two different squash varieties (though some people use the terms interchangeably). Depending on where you shop, you may not be able to find pumpkin seeds labeled with the squash variety specifically, which is fine as long as the pumpkin seeds you buy still have the husk on—it's the husk that, once toasted and ground with the inner seeds, brings a deeper and more complex flavor to what is otherwise a seemingly simple, two-ingredient condiment.
1/2 cup whole hull-on pumpkin seeds (1 1/2 ounces; 45g)
2 teaspoons (8g) kosher salt
In a medium stainless-steel or cast iron skillet, toast pumpkin seeds over medium heat, stirring and tossing frequently, until seeds have browned lightly in spots and have a lightly roasted aroma, about 5 minutes. Transfer seeds to a small plate or bowl and allow to cool, about 5 minutes.
Using a high-powered blender or a spice grinder, grind toasted pumpkin seeds to a fine powder. Using a fine-mesh strainer set over a bowl, sift the powder to remove any larger fibrous pieces. Regrind if necessary. Mix powder with salt until well incorporated.
High-powered blender or spice grinder, fine-mesh-strainer
Make-Ahead and Storage
Alguashte can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 1g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 0g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|