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Pumpkin Seed Oil Is The No-Cook Ingredient For Upgrading Dishes
Drizzling extra virgin olive oil or spice-infused oils is a common upgrade, but for a lesser-known finishing oil perfect for fall, look no further than pumpkin seed oil.
As the name implies, pumpkin seed oil is made from pumpkin seeds, and while it’s not common in the United States, it’s popular in central European countries.
Pumpkin seed oil is made from the hull-less seeds of the Styrian pumpkin, which are roasted prior to extracting the oil, lending the finished condiment a toasty flavor.
The resulting oil is unique for its vibrant green color and bold flavor that has strong earthy, umami notes accented by a buttery nuttiness.
A drizzle of pumpkin seed oil is excellent with many sweet and savory dishes, from soup and bread to cakes and strudels. However, the oil tastes very strongly, so be sparing.
Since it takes five pumpkins to make a single cup of oil, it can also be difficult to find. Specialty stores and online retailers sell the oil at around $20 per 8-ounce bottle.
To get the best oil, look for small, dark bottles with labels like the European Union’s Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) seal, “cold-pressed” or “100% pumpkin seed oil.”
Aside from a delicious flavor and luscious texture, pumpkin seed oil is rich in healthy fats and antioxidants, which can support a healthy lifestyle when eaten in moderation.