Pumpkin Seed Oil

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BASIC INFO

Names: pepita oil • the Green Gold • Kernöl (German) • bučno olje (Solvenian) • tökmagolaj (Hungarian)

Brand: La Tourangelle

History: Christopher Columbus brought pumpkins and other squash back to Europe where Austrians later started producing seed oil from Austrian-grown pumpkins.

About: This gourmet oil is a culinary treasure so rich in flavor and dramatic in color, you’ll want to drizzle it on everything. But do not, I repeat, DO NOT use it us as a cooking oil. This will destroy it’s nutritional value and become bitter in taste. Simply add it as a final, flavorful touch to all your meals with a deep flavor and smooth texture. This oil comes from a special variety of European pumpkin. It’s toasted dark green seeds is what gives the finished product it’s distinct nutty aroma and dark color. Other cheaper brands of pumpkin seed oil use white pumpkin seeds that produce a lighter oil—avoid it.

Origin: Syrian Region of Austria

Plant: Cucurbita maxima

Varieties: Walnut OilPecan Oil

Uses: homemade vinaigrettes & sauces • drizzle on soups or pastas • pizza • ice cream •  baked goods • vegetables • meats • rice • add to morning coffee •

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HEALTH INFO

Health Benefits: promotes hair growth • moisturizes the skin • enhances libido • lowers cholesterol • relieves some menopause symptoms (hot flashes, joint pain, headaches) • possibly treats an overactive bladder

Nutritional Value: vitamin A, D, & E • polyunsaturated fatted acids • no cholesterol

Ingredients: pumpkin seeds

Calories: 130

Replaces: sesame seed oil

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WHERE TO FIND

Store: Specialty oil shops

Online: La Tourangelle Amazon

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HOW TO STORE

Store: in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight

Shelf-Life: Unopened 14 months; Opened use within 6 months

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TASTE & TEXTURE

  • strong nutty smell and flavor
  • thick consistency
  • dark roasted aroma

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FUN FACTS

  • Syrians use pumpkinseed oil as much as Italians use olive oil — about one liter per month.
  • Pumpkin Seed oil was so highly valued that a 17th century Austrian Empress legally declared it a “healthy oil…too precious for using in tasty meals”. Thus it was no long used my chefs, but apothecaries only.

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~*~ RECIPES ~*~

Avocado Toast

Pancakes

Vanilla Ice Cream

Austrian Cheese Spread

Nordic Oatmeal

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Greek Yogurt with Pumpkin Seeds & Oil

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