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Styrian pumpkin seed oil is prized far beyond the borders of Styria as a Styrian specialty, valued for its palatability and delicate, nutty aroma. A versatile and wholesome food, it is a staple of the Austrian diet. This page contains worthwhile facts about the nutrients of pumpkin seed oil, what to look for in the best quality pumpkin seed oils, the therapeutic uses of pumpkin seed oil, a list for further reading on the subject, and a selection of recommended recipes.
Pumpkin seeds are sown at the beginning of May - harvest takes place starting the middle of October. When harvested, the pumpkins weigh up to 17.5 pounds and in the cavity of each is nestled 150 grams of seeds. Only the seeds are used, the pulp of the pumpkin is worked back into the fields as fertilizer.
Young pumpkins (when their skin can be depressed with the thumb) constitute a favorite vegetable dish in Styria.
One liter of pumpkin seed oil requires about 5.5 pounds of dried pumpkin seeds, that is to say, 30 pumpkins. An area the size of a soccer field yields an average of 5,000 pumpkins which, in turn, yield between 80 and 160 liters of pumpkin seed oil. When the pumpkin seeds are harvested, the pumpkin shells remain on the field as fertilizer.
The chlorophyll and carotin contained in the husk of the pumpkin kernel give the pumpkin seed oil its characteristic dark green color.
Tip when using pumpkin seed oil dressing: After tossing your salad with the pumpkin seed oil dressing, keep the salad out of direct sunlight (which can make the oil slightly bitter) until mealtime. Best, of course, is preparing the dressing right before the meal and tossing the salad just before serving.
Spots of pumpkin seed oil on clothing? These are easily removed through exposure to ultraviolet radiation (sunlight). Wash the articles of clothing and simply hang them in the sun to dry. If the sun is not shining that day, you can use the laundry detergent Vanish Oxi Action instead (a tip from a customer) if you can find it. (It may only be available in Europe.)
What to look for in
the highest quality oil:
Good pumpkin seed oil has no bitter aftertaste, and bears no trace of pumpkin or fat in its flavor. A drop of the oil on a salad leaf retains its droplet shape and does not run right off.
Careful! Pumpkin seed oils are offered on the market that are mixed with cheaper oils. These bottles are often labeled "salad oil." Also inferior imports of pumpkin seeds from east Europe and China may be used in these oils. What is more difficult to discern is when comparable standards of quality and corresponding regulation of cultivation or production are simply not observed in the land where the oil is produced.
Pumpkin seed oil's delicate nutty aroma comes from gently roasting the seeds. However, the kernel is very carefully heated to no higher than 60-70 °C to preserve its valuable nutrients.
To find how something really tastes, of course, you simply have to try it yourself. On the Gusto Page customers describe their personal 'taste experiences.' You will find there my personal impression as well.
Pumpkin seed oil should be used cold - the only way you can be sure the oil retains its full complement of valuable nutrients. Even after tossing your salad with it, you should keep the salad out of direct sunlight - which could make the flavor slightly bitter.
Shelf life: When stored in a cool (under 20° C), dark place, the oil keeps well for a good 12 months. After this period, the oil loses some of its aroma and vitamin content. Opened bottles are best stored in the refrigerator. Look for pumpkin seed oil in dark bottles. Pumpkin seed oil should not be left standing for too long on well-lighted supermarket shelves.
The nutrients of pumpkin seed oil are 50%-65% valuable, easily digestible fat, 35% high-quality plant protein.
Vitamins: Vitamin A as beta-carotin, Vitamin E (50 mg per 100 ml), B1, B2, Vitamin C, Niacin, Niacin equivalent, pantothenic acid, pyroxene, biotin.
Minerals and trace elements: chlorine, iron, fluorine, iodine, potassium, calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, sodium, phosphorus, selenium, sulfur, zinc.
Fatty acids: 9% saturated fatty acids, 34% monounsaturated fatty acids, 55% (double) polyunsaturated fatty acids, 2% (triple) polyunsaturated fatty acids. Pumpkin seed oil contains a high amount of the essential fatty acids linoleic acid and linolenic acid.
Pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil relieve discomfort and ameliorate the following conditions: bladder ailments, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, thinning hair, problem skin, heart and circulation problems, muscle cramps, weak kidneys, irritated bladder, prostate ailments, arteriosclerosis, spinal problems, bed wetting in children.
Pumpkin seed residue as fish bait: After the pumpkin seeds have been pressed to extract oil, a residue of crushed pumpkin seed remains. This residue makes a superb fish food. Worked to a cheese-like consistency, it is taken along on fishing trips, making excellent bait.
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Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil Award of Excellence
To our valued prospective customers,
You may have already heard something about the seal of excellence awarded to the most outstanding Styrian pumpkin seed oils . Every year the producers of pumpkin seed oil in Styria strive to determine the very best pumpkin seed oils produced that year and to award the best oil producers. This seal of excellence was bestowed in 2003 on only 2.3% of the producers of Styrian pumpkin seed oil. In 2004 less than 3% received the award!
so special about award-winning Styrian pumpkin seed oil?
How can a pumpkin seed oil
receive the award?
How you can recognize award-winning Styrian pumpkin seed oil
Bottles containing Styrian pumpkin seed oil awarded for excellence bear the following markings:
Bottles of pumpkin seed oil which do not bear these seals, insignias and labels do not belong to the highly selective category of award-winning quality. Read further to learn more about the official criteria on which the Styrian Department of Agriculture and Forestry base this award, about the insignia, the g.g.A. label, and what people already acquainted with this rare Styrian delicacy have to say about its fine qualities.
Opinions of those acquainted with
award-winning Styrian pumpkin seed oil:
List of award-winning producers:
award to distinguish excellence in pumpkin seed oil, the only award like
it in the world, is based on internationally acknowledged standards
of quality. Before conferring the award, specially trained tasters
test the oil for its color, aroma, taste, and consistency. The
oils are also tested in a laboratory against the requirements set
down by the Austrian Code for Food Production (Lebensmittelbuch) and
tested for impurities.
Awards conferred on Kürbishof DEIMEL:
Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil Award for 2004:
Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil Award for 2003:
Insignia for Styrian pumpkin seed oil:
To identify genuine Styrian pumpkin seed oil,
look for this insignia with registration number. Only bottles oil bearing
this insignia contain genuine Styrian pumpkin seed oil! The insignia
guarantees you that the production of the oil
was continual monitored from the farm field to the shop shelves.
You can be sure that every bottle of "Styrian pumpkin seed oil"
bearing this insignia was produced under the strictest quality
The label for a product from an environmentally
protected region: g.g.A.
Styrian pumpkin seed oil - g.g.A. guarantees you the consumer:
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There is no accounting for taste ... read what the connoisseurs have to say about award-winning Styrian pumpkin seed oil. We'd like to take this opportunity to give a big thanks to the customers of Kürbishof DEIMEL for their Opinions and Recommendations.
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|For a genuine pumpkin seed oil cuisine, you require genuine pumpkin seed oil from, naturally, unprocessed pumpkin seeds in addition to the right selection of recipes. A collection of excellent recipes using pumpkin seeds and oil for salads, cheese, cakes and other dishes are included in our Recipes collection. You are welcome to print them out and give them a try. That's what they're there for!|
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An almost bewildering quantity of literature is available on the subject of pumpkin seed oil. Below is a selection of books I've read, can introduce to you, and recommend. (The books are in German, however. So far as we know, they are not available in English. Our apologies.) If you happen to know of a book you can recommend which is not in this list (and books in English are especially welcome), I would be very happy to hear about it from you.
Cooking with Styrian Pumpkin Seeds and Pumpkin
Seed Oil (German title:
Kochen mit Steirischen Kürbiskernen und
Kürbiskernöl), by Erika Seidl, Eigenverlag
Erika Seidl, ISBN:3-9500888-0-6;
Natural Remedies with Pumpkin Seed
Oil (German title: Natürlich behandeln mit
Kürbiskernöl), by Margot Hellmiß, Verlag Südwest,
Stay Healthy and Fit with Pumpkin Seed Oil
(German title: Gesund und
fit durch Kürbiskernöl), by Alexandra
Strasser, Verlag Moewig, Paperback, ISBN:3-8118-6854-3;
Pumpkin and Pumpkin Seed Oil (German title: Kürbis und Kürbiskernöl), by Linda
& Axel Waniorek, Verlag mvg, Paperback, ISBN:3-478-08576-4;
Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil (German title: Steirisches
Kürbiskernöl), by Christoph Wagner, Verlag Pichler,
Appetite for Pumpkin (German title: Lust auf Kürbis), by Erika Seidl,
Eigenverlag Erika Seidl, ISBN:3-9500888-1-4;
Pumpkin Seeds - Pumpkin Seed Oil in the Kitchen
and in the Medicine Chest, (German title: Kürbiskerne
- Kürbiskernöl für die Küche und Hausapotheke) by Erica
Bänzinger, Verlag Hädecke, Hard cover, ISBN:3-7750-0367-3;
If you know of, and would like to recommend, additional books on the subject of pumpkin seed oil, I would welcome an email from you with your suggestions.
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|Styrian pumpkin seed oil is
usually sold directly from the pumpkin farm. In Germany it is sometimes
offered in finer food stores. In southern Germany, primarily, it is
becoming more widely distributed. However, you will come
across very few opportunities to order it through the Internet!
And since only a very few producers receive the award of excellence, this
prized oil can rightly be considered a rarity. For more
information, see the information on how how to
recognize an award-winning Styrian pumpkin seed oil.
Your source of supply for award-winning pumpkin seed oil direct from Styria:
Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil Award for Excellence in 2004:
Article and list of awarded producers in 2004
Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil Award
for Excellence in 2003:
At this point, I would like to tell you how you can order award-winning pumpkin seed oil from Kürbishof DEIMEL and the Pumpkin Seed Oil Team. We specialize in the production of this Styrian delicacy and provide economical and reliable shipment.
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|We are convinced
that pumpkin seed oil will become widely recognized and loved as
a culinary specialty far beyond the borders of Styria and Austria. In
offering our excellent products and services, we participate
gladly in this trend.
"Producing products of the highest quality with environmentally friendly means has top priority."
would now like to introduce Kürbishof and the pumpkin seed oil team
to you. The next sections will tell you about:
Your pumpkin seed oil team:
We work in accordance with the guidelines of a regulated, integrated produce 'industry'. The cultivation of our produce continually undergoes soil, production and quality checks. From the sowing of the pumpkin seeds for the production of pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin seeds up to and including pressing the seeds to extract the oil is monitored by the Styrian Food Authority. Compliance with the prescribed guidelines assures a high quality yield, both visible and invisible, by requiring that cultivation and production methods be in complete harmony with soil, water and nature, which is also in the interest of the next generation.
|Our products carry as proof of approval
the seal of excellence and the golden insignia conferred in
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 on award-winning producers of pumpkin seed oil
We only sell oil from the first pressing of the best quality. The dried pumpkin seeds are stored and gently pressed as required. This guarantees pumpkin seed oil with full-bodied flavor and maximum storage life for the customer from time of purchase. When stored in a dark, cool place (under 20° C), the oil will keep for at least 12 months.
To view our selection or place an order, please see Kürbishof DEIMEL.
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Since history began, pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil have been used as a natural remedy for irritation of the bladder and kidneys as well as for prostate irregularities. The active ingredients in pumpkin seeds normalize and strengthen the musculature of the bladder and have a positive and prophylactic effect on benign prostate growths (benign Prostatahyperplasie BPH) in the first and second stages.
taken as a preventative measure early enough or as a supplement to
the regular diet as oil, the nutrients in pumpkin seeds could contribute
to making certain operations unnecessary. Moreover, there has never been
any indication that taking pumpkin seeds or pumpkin seed oil, even
in therapeutic doses, has any side effects. Neither does it produce any
complication when taken in combination with other medicines.
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For medicinal purposes, special strains of pumpkins are used. These strains are always cultivated from hull-less pumpkin seeds of the Styrian oil-producing pumpkin. Biologically there is no notable difference between these seeds and the ones used to produce Styrian pumpkin seed oil. The same sorts are used. The pumpkin seeds used for medicinal purposes, however, are more rigorously tested for pollutants and any naturally occurring variations in the nutrient levels are adjusted.
The level of the nutrients found in pumpkin seeds can vary greatly depending on climatic conditions. For example, differing soils and variations in the amount of water or types of nutrients available in the soil itself can have a marked effect.
Important nutrients in pumpkin seeds:
By way of comparison: 100 pumpkin seeds weigh about 20 grams, with one seed weighing on the average about 200 milligrams (mg). That means one capsule contains a little less than 10 pumpkin seeds (400 mg of pumpkin seed is about 2 kernels and 340 mg of pumpkin seed oil corresponds to 850 mg of pumpkin seeds, about 5 kernels).
A rounded tablespoon contains about 10 grams of pumpkin seed, equivalent to approximately 50 kernels. A tablespoon of pumpkin seed oil is equivalent to about 10 ml or 25 grams of pumpkin seeds, about 125 kernels.
To produce 1000 milliliter (1 liter) of pumpkin seed oil, about 5.5 pounds of pumpkin seeds are required.
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I'd like to mention here a study made in 1979 by a group of Viennese doctors. The goal of the research was to determine whether ingestion of pumpkin seed granules (ground pumpkin seeds) would contribute to the improvement in the condition of an enlarged prostate (first stage).
The study was performed on 101 men and lasted eight weeks. About half of the subjects suffered from an enlarged prostate. During the eight weeks, the subjects took a tablespoon of pumpkin seed granules produced from the Styrian oil pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo styriaca) three times daily. Only the germ of microbiologically pure and fully matured pumpkin seeds was used.
Range of therapeutic effects:
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Styrian pumpkin seed oil has the highest protective effect
Research findings: Native Styrian pumpkin seed oil protects against "free radicals" and exceeds other oils in antioxidation effects.
In comparison to other unrefined vegetable oils, Styrian pumpkin seed oil has the greatest protective effect against health-threatening "free radicals" - aggressive molecules. This was the finding of a comparative clinical trial conducted by the Institute for Biochemistry of the Technische Universität Graz. The Styrian pumpkin seed oil described on this page showed, in comparison to the other oils studied, the highest antioxidation effect, according to Albin Hermetter from the Institute in a press conference on Wednesday.
Antioxidation potential protects an organism from "free radicals", is what that means. Free radicals are aggressive oxygen compounds which, among other things, are generated in the body as waste products. They are generally considered responsible for causing such diseases as arteriosclerosis which in turn can give rise to pernicious disorders like heart and circulatory diseases. "The findings from the study show that Styrian pumpkin seed oil is especially rich in those protective nutrients which can make a valuable contribution to sustaining good health," according to Hermetter.
In addition to the already recognized fat soluble antioxidants (for example, Vitamin E), the research scientists from Graz also discovered some formerly unknown water soluble antioxidants: "What truly amazed us, was the completely unexpected indications of additional fat soluble antioxidants which were significantly more effective than those already known," said Hermetter. This new class of substance is under further study.
Among the Styrian products being studied, "a great difference in effect potential was determined," explained the biochemist from Graz, Gilbert Fruhwirth, who conducted the analysis on 48 Styrian samples and at the same time on many other types of vegetable oil. In order to determine their potential to "protect", he first had to develop the appropriate method of measurement. "We could determine that all pumpkin seed oils tested showed a significantly higher antioxidation effect than all the other vegetable oils tested," according to Fruhwirt.
the daily newspaper: "Kleine Zeitung"
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Among men, bladder disorders are usually caused by an enlargement of the prostate. Primarily in the first and at the beginning of the second stage, those suffering from prostate enlargement have been helped by a gentle treatment based on medicinal pumpkin seeds and using pumpkin seed oil as part of their regular diet. Nevertheless, in all cases, the medical diagnosis must be taken seriously. However, whoever would like to prevent or treat prostate and bladder problems would be well advised to incorporate pumpkin seed oil as a regular part of their diet.
Prostate treatment with pumpkin seeds
Prostate treatment with granules
Prostate treatment with pumpkin seed capsules
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Many menopausal women and most woman over 40 suffer from an irritated bladder. Symptoms include a frequent, sometimes urgent need to urinate and pain during urination, although only a small amount of fluid is eliminated. This is often accompanied by pain in the lower abdomen or a burning sensation.
Treatment with granules (ground pumpkin seeds) for
Pumpkin seed treatment for irritated bladder
Capsules for irritated bladder
This information has been carefully compiled from relevant research. However, it in no way is meant to serve as a substitute for responsible medical diagnosis, treatment, and therapy. All recommendations made here cannot be guaranteed, and the author can take no responsibility for complications that might result from treatments made based on the information provided here.
Recipes for Pumpkin Seeds &
To our valued customer, Do you have a favorite recipe you would like to recommend to others? I welcome each recipe I receive and would gladly add yours to our published collection. Or perhaps you know of useful links to recipes? These would be welcome as well.
Sincerely, Toni Deimel
Recipes recommended by our customers:
Tomato Bruschetta with Pumpkin Seed Oil (2
Chop the tomatoes. Crush the garlic and add to the tomatoes. Add oil. Mince the basil and add to tomato mixture (reserving a few leaves for garnish). Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and let stand at least 15 minutes. Toast both sides of the Ciabatta slices. Arrange the still warm slices on a large plate, dribble with pumpkin seed oil, spread the tomato mixture on the slices and garnish with the reserved basil leaves. Ready!
This is very quickly prepared and is easy on the stomach. I often make the bruschetta after work. A nutritional complement: arrange on the plate beforehand washed and dried salad greens. Especially good is rocket salad.
Nothing better in the summer!
Pumpkin Seed Oil Recipes for Salads
Pumpkin Seed Oil Dressing
Ingredients: 5 tbl Styrian pumpkin seed oil, 2 1/2 tbl wine vinegar, salt and finely ground pepper to taste
Preparation: Mix all the ingredients together well - until the salt is dissolved. This dressing goes especially well with Chinese cabbage, potato salad, field salad (Feldsalat), coleslaw, and bean salad.
Ingredients: Boiled potatoes, onions, salt, pepper, apple cider vinegar, pumpkin seed oil
Preparation: Slice the freshly boiled potatoes. Chop onions and mix with vinegar salt, pepper and pumpkin seed oil. Add to the still warm potatoes.
Marinated Beef Slices
Ingredients: Lean cooked beef, salt, pepper, 2 onions, 4 tbl pumpkin seed oil, 1/16 l wine vinegar
Preparation: Finely slice the beef and arrange on a platter. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and chopped onions. Pour over this the oil and vinegar. You may also substitute a good sausage for the beef.
Ingredients: 2 large onions, salt, 400g lean pork, beef and poultry, 1/16 l vinegar, 100g sausage, 4 tbl pumpkin seed oil, 1/2 hard cooked egg
Preparation: Chop onions and sprinkle with salt. Coarsely chop the meat, poultry and sausage. Marinate in vinegar and pumpkin seed oil, garnish with hard-cooked egg.
Pumpkin Seed Oil Recipes for Cheese and Curd Cheese
Pumpkin Seed Oil Curd Cheese - Sandwich Spread
Ingredients: 250g low-fat curd cheese, about 2 tbl pumpkin seed oil, 2 tbl ground or chopped pumpkin seeds, salt, pepper, a few whole pumpkin seeds
Preparation: Mix well the curd cheese with the pumpkin seed oil. Mix in the ground (or chopped) pumpkin seeds. Correct seasoning with salt and pepper. Garnish with whole pumpkin seeds.
Ingredients: Sheep cheese firm enough to slice, a mixture of fresh herbs (chives, parsley, lovage or any other herbs you may have), onion, pumpkin seed oil as desired
Preparation: Slice sheep cheese and sprinkle with minced herbs and finely chopped onions. Dribble with pumpkin seed oil.
Ingredients: 1 cup roasted pumpkin seeds, 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1 tsp grated lemon peel, 2 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 cup Styrian pumpkin seed oil
Preparation: Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with an electric mixer until the mixture attains a spreadable consistency. Slice a baguette, place slices in a shallow pan, brush with olive oil and distribute crushed garlic as desired on the slices. Broil until golden brown. Spread with pesto. Leftover pesto keeps well for several weeks in a tightly closed jar in the refrigerator.
Scrambled Eggs Prepared with Pumpkin Seed Oil
Styrian Egg Dish (Scrambled Eggs)
Ingredients: Egg, salt, pumpkin seed oil
Preparation: Scramble the egg in a pan with heated pumpkin seed oil.
Attention: Do not overheat the oil - pumpkin seed oil smokes at a very low temperature.
Ingredients: 200g pumpkin seeds, 1 tsp butter
Preparation: Melt the butter in a pan and add the pumpkin seeds. Gently roast at medium heat 15-20 minutes until you detect the typical roasted aroma. Sprinkle with salt to taste and cool.
Tip: I haven't tried this variation yet: Instead of salt, try sprinkling cinnamon over the hot pumpkin seeds. Beware: This snack is very high in calories. 100g contain about 600 calories!
Pumpkin Seed Oil Cake Recipes
Pumpkin Seed Oil Tube Cake
Ingredients: 4 eggs (separated), 100g water, 1 package vanilla sugar, 100g pumpkin seed oil, 150g powdered sugar, 100g granulated sugar, 250g flour, 1/2 tbl baking powder, pumpkin seeds, butter for the pan
Preparation: Butter the pan, dust with flour and line with halved pumpkin seeds. Mix together the egg yolks, water, powdered sugar, vanilla sugar and pumpkin seed oil until foamy. Whip egg whites with granulated sugar until the peaks are not quite stiff. Spoon a third of the whipped egg whites and the flour over the egg yolk mixture and mix in well. Fold in the rest of the egg whites. Bake at 160°C for an hour. Either generously dust the hot pastry with sugar or let cool and spread with a glaze.
Ingredients: Pastry: 40g cake yeast, 200ml warm milk,
75g sugar, 500g flour, pinch of salt, 100g soft butter, 1 egg
Preparation: Crumble yeast in the warm milk and
mix, add 1 tsp sugar and mix well. Cover and place in a warm spot for 15-20
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