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Austrian pumpkin oil

vinotinto Mar 24, 2008 08:16 PM

Any tips on stores that sell Austrian pumpkin oil in downtown Toronto? I see there are a few online options but want to avoid shipping...and, more importantly, waiting for the product to arrive! Any tips would be much appreciated :)

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  1. JamieK RE: vinotinto Mar 25, 2008 08:06 AM

    After a trip to Austria a couple of years ago, I searched for pumpkin seed oil in Toronto without success. The oil seemed ubiquitous in Salzburg and Vienna restaurants and it's so delicious, hard to believe it's not more readily available here.

    On a side note, we might be able to access homegrown pumpkin seed oil some time soon. I read a few months ago that Foxmill, a cold-pressed organic oil business in Nova Scotia, has teamed up with a local organic farmer to produce pumpkin seed oil. The organic farmer, Andrew Kernovan, is planting seeds for pumpkins, which contain seeds without shells, that have come from Austria. They are being test grown at an organic centre at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College as well as on Kernovan's farm.

    In the meantime, I will keep my eye out for imported pumpkin seed oil in TO.

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      Splendid Wine Snob RE: JamieK Mar 29, 2008 09:05 AM

      The Austrian Trade Commission is actually currently seeking importers for pumpkin seed oil into Canada.

    2. Full tummy RE: vinotinto Mar 25, 2008 10:41 AM

      I am certain they sell it at Konditor.

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        JamieK RE: Full tummy Mar 25, 2008 10:45 AM

        No, that was the first place I went to.

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          Full tummy RE: JamieK Mar 25, 2008 12:29 PM

          Wow! They used to have it...

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            JamieK RE: Full tummy Mar 25, 2008 12:45 PM

            really? I'll check again next time in the neighbourhood -- the young person behind the counter at that time probably didn't even know what I was talking about! I certainly didn't see any displayed but perhaps it's an on/off supply thing, considering it's imported or brought in by the owners themselves.

      2. Asa RE: vinotinto Mar 25, 2008 01:40 PM

        Try the Big Carrot on Danforth Ave. I know their Bulk Dept. stocks organic Styrian pumpkin seeds, and I believe the Supplement Dept. (Dispensary) has Styrian pumpkin seed oil in the cooler, against the back wall. Most people who buy it there use it as an anti-parasitic supplement, but its the same thing, food-grade Austrian pumpkin seed oil. Maybe call first, I know they've had it in the past (their resident herbalist, Francis is Austrian, and is very big on its therapeutic properties), but I'm not certain that they still do.
        Good Luck!

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          cybergod RE: vinotinto Mar 25, 2008 05:09 PM

          I have purchased a very good organic cold-pressed pumpkin seed oil from France on a couple of occasions at Whole Foods in Yorkville (Orpée is the brand). It's the same one as this: http://www.eco-natural.com/oils/seepu...

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            vinotinto RE: cybergod Mar 28, 2008 05:41 PM

            Thanks so much for the leads, this is really helpful!

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              cybergod RE: cybergod Mar 28, 2008 09:30 PM

              Whoops. Misspelled it: it's Orphée, not Orpée,

            2. PoppiYYZ RE: vinotinto Jun 2, 2011 10:31 AM


              Seen Pumpkin Seed Oil often (but not always) at Brandts in Mississauga and at Denningers (Oakville and Hamilton). So, call ahead to check.

              One of the brands is Pelzmann and it's labelled as Kuerbiskernol (German for - you guessed it). Not bad but doesn't have the same intense flavor the local Austrian PS Oil has. I guess it's like local wine, all the good stuff stays local.

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