History of pumpkin seeds
History of styrian pumpkin seeds.
The origin of the styrian pumpkin seeds lies in America. The first historical finds are recorded
around 7000 BC in Mexico. In Central and South America, pumpkin was a staple
food alongside corn and beans. Christopher Columbus discovered the first pumpkin
fields in the 15th century and brought the first pumpkin varieties to Europe. Corn,
tomatoes, potatoes and other fruits found their way to Europe much later.
By the end of the 18th century the usability of the pumpkin seed was already known
and oil was extracted from the shelled seed of oil pumpkins in Styria. Since the
beginning of the 19th century, the peelless oil pumpkin (Cucurbita Pepo L. Styriaca)
came into existence, which the "Styrian pumpkin seed oil" is made from. This
mutation of pumpkin seeds from peel-to-peelless seeds was a fortunate coincidence
for Styria, as it greatly simplified the production of Styrian pumpkin seed oil. This was
a positive mutation. The yield of pumpkin seed oil has also increased with the use of
Cucurbita Pepo L. Styriaca.
In the 18th century Maria-Theresia ordered that styrian pumpkin seeds oil should not only
serve as a common food, but should also find use in pharmacies for the production
of medical creams and wound dressings.
Records from the 18th century prove that in addition to the culinary and medical uses
they also thought about military use of pumpkin seed oil as cartwheel grease. Even
today the 10% content of saturated fatty acids is the starting point for lubricating oils.
And by increasing industrialization the first hydraulic oil presses found their way.
Before World War I, pumpkin seed oil only served self-supply. Until the 1970s, for
example, pumpkin seed oil was known only in Austria and only in Southern Styria.
Not before 1980 the "green gold" began its triumphant advance into big and small
kitchens of many countries.
Over the past decades Styrian pumpkin seed oil has also been discovered for
numerous other applications. For example as a hair restorer, to increase the
masculinity, to the balancing effect of the cholesterol level, problems with brittle and
Styrian pumpkin seed oil contains:
Vitamins A, B1, B2, C;
Niacin, pantothenic acid, pyroxine, biotin;
Minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, fluorine, iodine, chlorine, copper,
magnesium, sulfur, zinc;
Phytosterols, phytoestrogens, delta-7 setrin, phytosterol, unsaturated fatty acids