The oil is made by pressing roasted, hulled pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas. Styria, a region in Austria and Slovenia, has been producing pumpkin seed oil since the 1700s, when it was prized for its medicinal properties.
The oil is not used in cooking, since it can become bitter when heated. Instead, take advantage of its intense, nutty taste whisked into vinaigrettes, drizzled over soups, or even spooned on vanilla ice cream. Or just pour a small pool into a dish and enjoy it plain with bread. It's good enough to soothe the sting of another June with no Adriatic Sea in sight.
• Find it: La Tourangelle Toasted Pumpkin Seed Oil, Two 8.45-oz. tins for $26.15 on Amazon
Recipes to try:
• Austrian Cheese Spread with Pumpkin Seed Oil from Food & Wine
• Roasted Pumpkin Seed Oil Vinaigrette from Food & Wine
• Stilton-Pear Crostini with Pumpkin Seed Oil from O Magazine
• Pumpkin Seed Oil Cake from Delicious Days
Have you ever tasted pumpkin seed oil?