¡Pipas! Traditional Spanish Snack

It’s September and there are some lovely sunflowers about:

Pipas –  Sunflower seeds – are a healthy, traditional snack for schoolchildren in Spain and South America.
A part of every day life, small bags of salted sunflower seeds (Pipas) are a traditional sight in school playgrounds:
Once a very messy business because each ‘pipa’ had to be cracked open to get the sunflower heart inside, usually done using the front teeth, and then there was the problem of what to do with the discarded shells ….
Piles of slightly damp ‘pipa’ shells ..?!


A little too salty and messy, but otherwise a great idea …
And today ‘pipas’ are also sold without their shells!

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