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Each bottle of butternut squash seed oil contains the seeds from 11 squash 
All seeds used in our products are sourced locally from Martin Farms of Brockport NY

Winter squashes--butternut, acorn, delicata, and buttercup--are a traditional staple at fall and winter dinner tables. The squash seeds are usually overlooked by the home cook as a slippery, stringy nuisance--but they are a hidden gem of nutrition and flavor! Squash seeds contain Vitamins E and A, lutein and other beneficial phytochemicals that give squashes their bright color. When roasted, the seeds develop a rich depth of flavor that produces a versatile culinary oil, which complements a wide variety of foods from fresh fruit to salads, soups and marinades.

Hand roasted squash seeds used to make squash oilsOur oils are pressed from squash seeds grown in a neighboring county in upstate NY. The farmer separates the seeds from winter squash to prepare and package fresh cut squash for supermarkets. The seeds are non-GMO and are not treated with any chemicals or preservatives after being separated from the squash.

The seeds are a green product, in more ways than one! For years, the seed was destined for the compost pile...until someone had the idea to put this byproduct to productive use. The farmer approached the helpful folks at the Food Venture Center at Cornell University for ideas...and voila, the concept of producing oil from seed waste was created. To our knowledge, we are the only company in the U.S. producing culinary oil from 100% locally sourced vegetable seeds.

No preservatives or chemical additives are used in our production. Seeds are expeller-pressed without excessive heat or chemical extraction. Immediately before pressing, the seeds are carefully roasted at low temperatures to bring out the seed's subtle flavors and improve shelf stability of the oil. The seeds of at least 11 squash are used to produce just one 6.3 oz bottle of oil.






All of the squash seed used to make our oils come from squash grown in New York State by our farmer-partner, Martin Farms. They provide whole and pre-cut squash for sale to retail markets. Squash seeds are left from the fresh-cut processing-- we take these leftover seeds, roast and press them in small batches to produce 100% varietal oils. No other seeds or oils are added. Seeds are non-GMO and grown using Integrated Pest Management practices.
Acorn squash is used to make acorn squash oil

Acorn Squash

A winter squash named for its small round shape, acorn squash has large vertical ridges and deep green skin that may be splashed with yellow or orange colors. It has orange-yellow fibrous flesh with a sweet, mild flavor.

Butternut squash seed is used to make butternut squash oil

Butternut Squash

A squash commonly seen in the produce aisle, butternut squash is bell-shaped with pale skin and firm orange flesh that has a sweet, nutty flavor. A relatively new variety of squash, Waltham Butternut was developed in Waltham Massachusetts in 1970.

Delicata squash seed used to make delicata squash oil

Delicata Squash

Delicata squash has returned after 75 years of obscurity. First introduced in seed catalogs in 1894, the squash is an heirloom variety with thin, tender edible skin. Squashes are small, averaging between 5 and 10 inches in length. It is a flavorful winter squash that tastes like creamed corn or yams.


Pumpkinseed used to make pumpkin seed oil

Oilseed Pumpkin

Unlike other squashes, oilseed pumpkins are grown for their seeds instead of their flesh. The seeds are hulless, dark green and have a high oil content, making them ideal for producing edible oil. Oilseed pumpkins were first grown in the New World but cultivars were refined over several centuries in Europe, notably Austria, which is reknown for its Styrian pumpkin seed oil.

Kabocha squash seed is used to make kabocha squash oil

Kabocha Squash

Kabocha squash, also known as Hokkaido squash, is a variety of buttercup squash. It is a winter squash with squat shape, green skin and deep orange flesh that has a sweet, nutty flavor similar to sweet potato.

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