The pumpkin plant is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. The earliest gourd finds of the common gourd, Cucurbita pepo, have been dated by scientists to be between 10,700 and 9,200 BC. They come from southern Mexico. The pumpkin probably only came to Europe after the discovery of America. These were so-called shelled pumpkin seeds, which are still cultivated in many regions of the world today.
The gourd family is exceptionally closely related, one genus of which is Cucurbita pepo var. Styrica, the so-called shell-less Styrian pumpkin seed.
Natural mutation in Styria
The 'Styrian Oil Pumpkin' originated over 100 years ago through a natural mutation in Styria. A consistent selection of seeds has resulted in today's robust and dark green 'Styrian Oil Pumpkin Seed.' The shell-less Styrian oil pumpkin is primarily cultivated these days in Styria and some climatically favorable regions of Austria.
Farmers in Styria have known for many centuries:
Pumpkin seed oil has special powers.
This is why 'Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil' has the highest level of antioxidants among all edible oils. Its valuable components also include a high content of unsaturated fatty acids and Vitamin E.