History of Styrian Pumpkins

History of Styrian Pumpkins

The pumpkin is one of the world’s oldest cultivated plants, the origin of the common pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo) has been scientifically dated from 10,700 to 9,200 B.C. The common pumpkin originated in the Southern areas of Mexico. The pumpkin came most likely to Europe first after the discovery of America.

An important point to remember is that these early pumpkin seeds had a thick shell, similarly to the pumpkins that are still planted today in many parts of the world including Canada where we have the Halloween pumpkin with the light colored, thick shelled seeds, that are hard to eat because of the shells.

The Pumpkin family has many members, including the variety Cucurbita pepo var. styriaca, which produces the so called Naked or shell-less Styrian pumpkin seed.

This variety of pumpkins with shell-less seeds arose about 150 years ago as a result of a natural mutation. The production of Styrian pumpkin seed oil was made considerably easier, since the seeds did not have to be laboriously hand shelled. In the mean time, the Styrian pumpkin seed has been specially bred, so that today we have the corpulent, dark green, shell-less pumpkin seeds that are perfect for use in the production of our award winning, one of a kind Styrian Gold Pumpkin Seed Oil P.G.I.

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These oil pumpkins are cultivated predominately in Styrian region of Austria in the foothills and plains just south of the Austrian Alps.

In this region the oil pumpkins find all of the necessary conditions for optimal growth, so that the seeds are of the best quality. It takes seeds from about 40 pumpkins (2.5 to 2.8 kilograms of seeds) to press one litre of Styrian Pumpkin Oil! 

Modern day practices include the use of harvesting equipment that enable farmers to remove the seeds from the pumpkin right in the field and leave the pumpkin flesh as fertilizer for the next crop!