Although we've been importing Austrian pumpkin seed oil for years, we had no idea such an amazing pumpkin seed oil was being made only a few hours north of us in upstate New York. This homegrown American version of Austrian pumpkin seed oil is just incredible. Stony Brook's roasted Pumpkin Seed Oil is made from the same Styrian oil seed pumpkin breed, just grown in upstate New York. Imagine that rich flavor of pumpkin seed oil you love, but fresher with a bigger impact on the palate. The oil has a deep mahogany color and flavors of toasted sesame and a smoky, savory umami. The oil makes a wonderful complement to grilled vegetables, roasted fish, or sauteed leafy greens. Try on fresh pasta or squash soup.
Stony Brook creates unrefined vegetable oils made from roasted squash seeds. While this process sounds simple. Stony Brook goes the extra mile to make sure everything is done right. The oils are expeller pressed, which means that the oil is mechanically pressed from the squash seed without added heat or chemicals. Unlike most other commercially available cooking oils (like canola and grapeseed), Stony Brook does not chemically alter the oil as part of the production process. No other oils are added or blended in--each bottle is 100% pure varietal seed oil from local farms.
Seeds are roasted, pressed, lightly filtered, and the oil goes right into the bottle--simple as that. The seeds yield relatively little oil (compared to olive or grapeseed) so the seeds of many squash are needed to produce a single bottle. As a plant-derived oil, Stony Brook Butternut Squash Seed Oil is high in unsaturated fat, particularly unrefined omega 6 fatty acid (linoleic acid) and a moderate amount of monounsaturated fat (oleic acid). It has slightly more saturated fat than other seed oils, approximately the same amount as peanut oil—or one-third the saturated fat of butter. The oil is shelf-stable and suitable for cooking at high heat (it has a smoke point of approximately 425 F). Also unique to this oil is the high amount of vitamins A and E relative to other vegetable oils. Stored in a cool dark place, the oils will retain optimal flavor up to six months after opening, or up to one year unopened. So take a break from everyday olive oil and treat your self and your health to Stony Brook's exceptional squash oils.