Why Styrian pumpkin seeds are unique.
Good things come in small packages. Especially when it comes to seeds. Seeds are like nature’s very own brand of multi-vitamins. They encapsulate the ingredients that nurture all life on the planet. Eaten in the right amounts, these densely packed kernels contain abundant amounts of vitamins, minerals, protein, essential fatty acids and fiber that nourish your body, satiate your appetite and keep you healthy.
The power of pumpkin seeds
This is particularly clear when it comes to pumpkin seeds. Lurking unseen within thick shells at the heart of the cavernous pumpkin, they pack an impressive amount of nutrition in a compact little case, including new forms of nutrients that scientists are just beginning to understand. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of complete plant protein that contain all 9 essential amino acids. They are also one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids and phytosterols. Pumpkin seeds are a source of vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K. Moreover, grown close to the soil, pumpkin seeds are especially high in health-boosting trace minerals such as zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, calcium, copper and selenium.
Pumpkin seeds are distinctly prized for their uniquely diverse profile of antioxidants, which allows them to offer many fascinating health benefits. Unlike other foods that primarily contain a specific form of the antioxidant vitamin E, pumpkin seeds contain an entire broad spectrum of this antioxidant family in multiple forms, including both commonly found forms and very rare forms that are just beginning to be discovered. This makes it far easier for the body to absorb this group of vital antioxidant compounds from pumpkin seeds than from other food sources.
The superior health benefits of Styrian pumpkin seeds
About 150 years ago, a particularly unique form of pumpkin seed was discovered in a naturally mutated pumpkin species, which develop without seed shells. When these shell-less seeds were pressed for their precious oils, it bore a darker green color, richer taste and thicker consistency than oil released from common pumpkin seeds. This revealed an even richer store of beneficial phyto-nutrients and antioxidants.
Today, these pumpkins are being specifically cultivated for their superior nutritional properties, predominately in the region of Styria, Austria where the necessary conditions for optimal growth and best quality are ideal. Research performed on Styrian pumpkin seeds attributed their superior nutritional value to the combination of ideal growing conditions and the traditional production methods used to cultivate their seeds. This results in a hull-less pumpkin seed that is richer in both fat-soluble antioxidants and water-soluble antioxidants, when compared to the seeds of the common pumpkin.
That’s why we source our pumpkin seeds from this uniquely antioxidant-rich variety of heirloom Styrian pumpkins. Noted for their higher nutrient concentration, bioavailability, pleasing taste and traditionally revered medicinal properties, cold pressed Styrian pumpkin seeds offer an ultra-clean, well balanced food source that retain all of the pure goodness of Nature’s raw, whole superfoods.